In Britain, white working-class boys are becoming an underclass, some fear.
Just six per cent of white boys eligible for free school meals went to university compared to 26 per cent of working class young men from ethnic minority backgrounds. Some 34 per cent of girls from deprived ethnic minority families went to university, according to researchers.
College-going rates are very high for students of Chinese and Indian descent, lower for those from black Caribbean families. As in the U.S., females have overtaken males on campus. Overall, about half of British girls but only a third of boys are studying for a college degree.