There was a time in the United States when girls and women did not get a fair shake. Certainly this was the case prior to WWII where the vast majority were home-bound, unable to further their education even when they were superior students. During WWII there was a greater need for females in manufacturing, service industry and some career positions.
The quantum leap for women in college happened during the late 1960s counterculture movement/sexual revolution. Women were encouraged and recruited to enter college. Programs were established in public schools to increase awareness of college career opportunities specifically for females and in university women's programs. These programs popped up throughout academia to be a catalyst to develop independent, not interdependent females.
Higher education for women became a major component of the diversity movement. These government social change efforts bore more fruit than anticipated. Now about 60 percent of college students are women. It has been overkill skewing the composition of college campuses in favor of females.
Chelsea Clinton is promoting more women students going into the STEM programs (Science, technology, engineering and math fields). She never mentions the plight of men in our higher education system as she vigorously argues for more women to graduate in these fields. There is little discussion in the media of men being trained or retained in these traditionally male areas, although men's representation in these fields is decreasing.
In today's preschools and elementary grades, boys are diagnosed with mental disorders at a rate ranging from 4-1 to 11-1 boys over girls. The high school dropout rate for boys is significantly higher. They are more likely to be suspended or expelled, commit suicide or be incarcerated. Male students are not doing as well as females in our educational system. Our schools should address the difficulties boys have to confront daily in school.
In most other countries females are educationally deprived, although in the United States the opposite is true. Women have successfully overcome any past barriers in higher education. Women's grades in college are higher , and they earn 75 percent of all honor degrees. Women are the majority in graduate and professional schools. They usually are the go-getters while men generally are less interested in school.
Our social engineering efforts to attract more women to higher education might at the same time repel men away from higher education degrees. It is hard to deny there is a problem with recruiting and graduating male students in higher education. Most American men no longer view college as a needed stepping stone to their future. Others just find the process of obtaining a degree degrading, making it too high a price to pay.
In many schools of higher education even the traditional scientific curriculums have become centers of indoctrination. Often these colleges require courses in social change that have nothing to do with essential professional knowledge. This introduction of political propaganda into higher education is more frustrating to the typical man who just wants to meet the n requirements. They are usually more objective and less sympathetic to the plights of others than their female counterparts.
It is time we turn our attention to the potentially disastrous effects of not having professionally trained men in our economy. This would adversely affect the functioning level of our families when men are unemployed or do not having the ability to make adequate salaries to support their families. Men who have menial jobs or are unemployed suffer a greater incidence of depression, suicide and cancer. These displaced males have a difficult time playing the leadership role as a fully functioning husband and father, increasing the rate of divorce in these families.
American women are thriving in academia while men are floundering and withdrawing. Women are the recipients of government interventions including Title IX, which limits opportunities for men in sports that had been a major incentive for them to enter college. Males even have lost the benefit of doubt in allegations of sexual charges with the changes in campus regulations and laws.
Young men deserve a level playing field in higher education. Obviously the special women's programs for recruiting and retaining college women have more than accomplished their objectives. The United States has to reverse this trend of graduating far fewer men from college than women or suffer long-term economic and social consequences.
Discrimination against men is just as offensive and counter productive as it would be to any other group including women. The time has arrived in our society to examine and rectify the reasons why men are losing interest in attending and completing higher education.
Domenick Maglio is a columnist carried by various newspapers, an author of several books and owner/director of Wider Horizons School, a college prep program. You can visit Maglio at www.drmaglio.blogspot.com.