Check out my guest post at Your (Wo)Man in Washington today:
If you read books like The Wonder of Boys and Raising Cain, you will learn that today’s American boys are in crisis. As schools become more heavily focused on academic achievement and test scores, children are expected to spend more time seated quietly at their desks while physical education and recess are being squeezed out of their schedules. The crunch is on after school as well, when time is spent going to organized activities and completing homework instead of running around outside, playing stickball and manhunt and generally letting off steam.
Boys, who on average are less inclined to sit quietly at desks and have more of a need to move their bodies, are suffering disproportionately under the current state of affairs. Some even argue that the bias against girls in academic settings is a relic of the past. With teachers under ever-increasing pressure, they tend to favor girls who (again on average) are more able to sit and focus for long periods of time. This is borne out by the fact that young women are currently earning more post-secondary degrees than young men.
If women are doing better in school, and are earning more advanced degrees, then logic would dictate that the number of women in positions of power and prestige should be at least equal to, if not exceeding, the number of men. And yet…women continue to be underrepresented in business, science, academia, medicine, and government. The reason seems obvious: biology is destiny, and motherhood makes the difference.