Wintery Knight

…integrating Christian faith and knowledge in the public square

How discrimination against men in schools increases male unemployment

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(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics via Red State via Michelle Malkin)

First, the unemployment rate for men is higher than for women.

Story here in the ultra-left-wing UK Guardian.

Excerpt:

Complacency and “general hopelessness” have been blamed for the failure of young British men as research reveals that underperformance in school and university is now creeping into their working lives. A report published today by the Higher Education Policy Institute thinktank says male graduates are far more likely to be unemployed than their female counterparts.

Figures show that the economic downturn caused an increase in graduate unemployment from 11.1% at the end of 2008 to 14% by the end of last year. But when the figures are broken down by sex a stark picture emerges of 17.2% of young male graduates failing to find jobs compared to 11.2% of women.

[...]Bahram Bekhradnia, the HEPI’s director, spoke of the “general hopelessness of young men”. “The increase in unemployment that occurred between 2008 and 2009 is striking. For those graduates who have not found work it is a personal tragedy – a really bad start to their working lives,” he said.

He pointed to forecasts that suggest women will dominate the professions within 15 years. “That has all sorts of implications for things such as family creation, child-rearing and so on. The situation in some countries is even more extreme. An American woman told a conference I attended of the fury of black American women who found it impossible to form relationships with men of the same race with similar educational attainment because black American males weren’t going to university.

[...]Around half of the difference can be put down to subject choice, but the rest is unaccounted for and could indicate discriminatory forces.

[...]…the underachievement of men in school, university and adulthood is now an international phenomenon and it is one that is being increasingly studied in psychology.

Why are men struggling to find jobs? Well they are not doing very well in school.

Consider this article from Pajamas Media.

Excerpt:

  • In 2006, the high school dropout rate, which was 1.5 points higher for girls in 1970, was 2 points, or almost 20% higher, for boys (10.3% vs. 8.3%).
  • A 2007 study led by James Heckman of the University of Chicago asserted that “the pattern of the decline of high school graduation rates by gender helps to explain the recent increase in male-female college attendance gaps.”
  • The gender gap in college attendance for at least the past several years has returned. In late April, Uncle Sam’s Department of Labor told us that after three years of almost equal gender enrollment by high school graduates (2006, 2007, 2008), 202,000 more women than men from the class of 2009 went on to college. Women make up almost 55% of the current year’s freshman class.

The problem is that there are almost no male teachers and also that boys don’t learn well in co-ed classrooms – they get distracted by girls. The curriculum is not suitable for boys, who learn better with different materials that focus more on things that boys like, like wars, guns and adventures. Boys learn better with male teachers and all-male classrooms because they need male role models in order to succeed.

Consider this article on male/female teachers.

Excerpt:

The organization MenTeach, a Minnesota organization dedicated to increasing the number of males working with young children, posted a survey on its Web site showing that males constitute less than 20 percent of America’s 2.9 million elementary and middle school teachers. The 2008 survey, based on source data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, showed even more drastic differences among different grade levels:

  • 44 percent of America’s 1.2 million secondary school teachers.
  • 18.8 percent of America’s 2.9 million elementary and middle school teachers.
  • 2.4 percent of America’s 685,000 pre-kindergarten and kindergarten teachers.

Most women want men to be strong husbands and fathers, so they’ll need to make sure that men have jobs. In order for men to have jobs, they’ll want to oppose feminists who discriminate against men in the education system.

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5 Responses

  1. McSpinster says:

    I think it would be great if there were more male teachers, but will the salaries ever be sufficient to attract them? Teaching is famously low paying at the levels (elementary and high school) that you talk about.

    Labor Dept. statistics right now show women outearning men at parttime and lower wage jobs, like teaching, but men outearning women in higher wage jobs. You can see highlights of Women’s Earning in 2009 from the US Department of Labor and US Bureau of Labor Statistics here:
    http://www.bls.gov/cps/cpswom2009.pdf

    The NYTimes Economix column discusses the findings in two separate articles that are must reading for anyone who cares about the issues as passionately as WK obviously does. Discrimination is discussed as it relates to the gender imbalances, but not reduced to easy answers. Check ‘em out:

    On Women Outearning Men in Lower Wage and Parttime Jobs:
    http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/09/in-part-time-jobs-women-out-earn-men/?scp=1&sq=Do%20Nice%20Gals%20Finish%20Last?&st=cse

    On Gender Differences that Factor in to Salary Levels:
    http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/04/26/do-nice-gals-finish-last/

    But back to male teachers. Even in churches where there are no salaries for teaching, I would guess most Sunday School teachers are women. This is at least true in my experience. Wintery, what about yours? Do you teach the little ones?

  2. Richard Ball says:

    Britain suffers from a serious moral/spiritual malaise. Yet, the government thinks that the right laws and more government are the solution. Britain needs a religious revival. It’s slip, slidin’ away.

  3. Mary says:

    Richard is right on target here. The problem is primarily spiritual. Genuine revival is the only way.

  4. Here’s another study that shows that male students do better when they have male teachers:

    http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/discoveries/2006-08-28-gender-teachers_x.htm

    Quote:

    For all the differences between the sexes, here’s one that might stir up debate in the teacher’s lounge: Boys learn more from men and girls learn more from women.

    That’s the upshot of a provocative study by Thomas Dee, an associate professor of economics at Swarthmore College and visiting scholar at Stanford University. His study was to appear Monday in Education Next, a quarterly journal published by the Hoover Institution.

    [...]His study comes as the proportion of male teachers is at its lowest level in 40 years. Roughly 80% of teachers in U.S. public schools are women.

    Dee’s study is based on a nationally representative survey of nearly 25,000 eighth-graders that was conducted by the Education Department in 1988. Though dated, the survey is the most comprehensive look at students in middle school, when gender gaps emerge, Dee said.

    He examined test scores as well as self-reported perceptions by teachers and students.

    Dee found that having a female teacher instead of a male teacher raised the achievement of girls and lowered that of boys in science, social studies and English.

    Looked at the other way, when a man led the class, boys did better and girls did worse.

  5. […] fewer male role models in schools, a form of gender discrimination in and of itself, men face higher drop out rates, lower college acceptance rates, lower college graduation rates, and lower cla…. Additionally, while teacher’s union dues every month go to organizations combating gender […]

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