The Boy Problem


The latest figures on the college gender gap have triggered a flurry of media stories about the “boy problem.” On nearly every educational measure, we’re told, boys are doing worse than girls. More to the point, we’re also told, the news of the gender gap is an urgent call to the society to take action to improve the life prospects of low-achieving boys.

What the stories don’t say is that we’ve been through this before. Alarms...

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About the Author

Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, author of The Divorce Culture (Knopf), directs the Center for Thrift and Generosity at the Institute for American Values.

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