War Against Boys - Jonah Term Paper

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Why should this be so?

If the educational experience of boys is slipping, then this is an issue that should concern everyone.

Education should be a good experience for all children - male or female. Feminists have recognized previously that young girls were being shortchanged, a fact that should have concerned everyone in society (including Goldberg). To say that the education of boys slipped simply because feminists improved the education of girls is a post hoc fallacy.

Second, Goldberg ignores that there are many other issues that affect girls once they are out of college. Even if they do better academically, this does not translate to gender parity in the working world. There is still a significant wage gap between the genders, and women remain underrepresented in many leadership positions in the corporate world. These statistics challenge Goldberg's suggestion that boys suffer into manhood due to their lack of a rough-and-tumble education.

Instead of turning the education gap into a girls vs. boys scenario and making "academic feminists" the convenient scapegoat, Goldberg could ask deeper, more productive questions. Advocates of the education of young girls took the time to develop techniques and strategies to improve the educational experience for girls. There is no reason why such steps could not be taken for boys as well.

Studies have indeed shown that boys and girls generally have different learning styles.

Rather than showing a war, the statistics that Goldberg cited show that the programs designed for girls are working. Instead of scapegoating easy targets, Goldberg and his cohorts could take the more productive step of asking how steps could be done to do the same for boys.

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