One of my gigs right now is writing grants for a local community college. While doing so, I ran across this astonishing statistic: 64% of scholarships at this school are awarded to female students.
You might be thinking, “Aha! Not only is there no bias against women in education anymore, the system is totally slanted in their favor.”
Now consider this: 70% of the applicants for scholarships are female. Since less than 70% of the awards go to women, any slight bias that exists favors males. It seems they need all the help they can get.
But wait, there’s more. 58% of the students at the college are female. Women are far more likely to attend this college than men are, and of the students who attend, the female students are much more likely to apply for scholarships.
Where are the men?
The college is not particularly female-oriented. It offers degree and certificate programs in many typically male areas—construction management, materials sciences, manufacturing, aerospace, computer this and that, and more.
And it’s not just this college. Nationally, 57% of undergraduates are women. That statistic has held steady through much of the last decade. Girls are less likely than boys to drop out of high school. They get better grades and come to college better prepared. Just recently, women passed men in numbers of graduate degrees as well. Check out George Will waxing outraged at how well women are doing in academia. In his view, women’s success is evidence that those loud-mouthed feminists need not be advocating on their behalf. In my view, it’s evidence that 40 years of relentless advocacy has paid off.
Here is the critical question I haven’t seen answered. Are the numbers skewed because boys are doing worse, or is the change entirely due to girls doing better? Those are very different problems.
Tell me, friends. Does the American educational system disadvantage boys nowadays, and if so, how?