Girls read better, men lose jobs

Girls score well above boys in reading and about the same in math, concludes a report by the Center on Education Policy.

In the adult world, women now earn about 59 percent of college degrees — and are less likely to lose their jobs in a recession or “mancession,” writes Mark Perry.

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  1. Correlation does not imply causation.

  2. Richard Aubrey says:

    I don’t think the point was causation. Just two things going on simulataneously. The latter, “mancession” or “this is no country for burly men” is not supposed to be happening.

  3. Inigo Montoya says:

    Yes, but despite the test score gap, employed men continue to have higher incomes than employed women. Go figure…

  4. Well this is really good news for women. Things certainly have changed over the decades. I think men still have an advantage where salary is concerned.

  5. Well maybe a woman’s salary will begin to reflect their value in the workplace. The battle of the sexes is out-dated. Employers should consider the best candidate and reward them accordingly. Not on sex. Thanks for you comments.

  6. If it’s NAEP data, their info on reading scores is worthless. It’s much more of a writing test.

    Guys do roughly as well as girls on college admissions reading tests, even in those states that require all students to take the test. Those reading tests are far more reliable than NAEP.

  7. Paul Hoss says:

    “Girls score well above boys in reading.” Has anyone ever looked at the predominance in female oriented stories in many public school basal readers? Ramona, Junie B., Pippi, etc., etc. These real motivators for our public school male population – NOT!

  8. Richard Aubrey says:

    You need to catch up. Many women choose the mommy track, which puts their total income and career paths at a lower income potential. Their choice.
    Other women take the pink-collar job because it’s indoor work with no heavy lifting and it’s OVER at five. They may be the spouse with the benefits while hubby runs his small business or works at a higher paying job with no benefits.
    These are personal choices which affect the average and aggregate.
    Doesn’t indicate discrimination.
    Compared job for job, time in grade and other factors controlled for, women make the same as men. To pay otherwise is illegal.

  9. Paul: there are just as many boy books (although girls like them, too, which is a major difference between girls and boys). I have no trouble finding them for my nephews: Magic Treehouse, Captain Underpants, and a few others I can’t put a name to right now.

    In any case, they’ll just be reading world mythology in school from now on anyway.

  10. Mark Roulo says:

    “Has anyone ever looked at the predominance in female oriented stories in many public school basal readers? Ramona, Junie B., Pippi, etc., etc. These real motivators for our public school male population – NOT!”

    I’ve got a boy. Pippi is as much a book for boys as for girls. I enjoyed her growing up and my son has as well. The Ramona books, also (and don’t forget that the Ramona books also include the Henry Huggins books … same author, same characters).

    School chosen books may have an interest bias in favor of girls, but these two examples don’t show it.

    -Mark Roulo

  11. I’m a public school educator of gifted children and can give you many examples of good books with male protagonists: Soup,Hatchet,the aforementioned “Henry Huggins” books, “The Three Investigators” series, The Mouse & the Motorcycle, Crispin, The Door in the Wall, The Giver, to name just a few. Other note-worthy books contain both male and female “lead” characters, such as the “Harry Potter” series, “A Wrinkle in Time,” and “The Boxcar Children” series. The fact remains that the majority of boys tend to be less willing to read books than their female peers. Much of this reluctance may be attributed to cultural bias. However, I have noticed that both girls and boys from lower socio-economic backgrounds are more reluctant readers, perhaps because they have been less exposed to a print-rich environment.

  12. Laura, as a mother of both boys and girls, I’d say that their ES and MS books trended to the chick-lit, touchy-feely side and my kids of both sexes hated them equally. They all loved everything by Rosemary Sutcliff – her versions of the Iliad, Odyssey, Arthurian legend, Tristan and Isolde etc and her historical novels – most set in Roman Britain, with young male protagonists. All of them loved classic fiction – Robinson Crusoe, Swiss Family Robinson,Jack London, Mark Twain etc – and reality-based stuff like Eleven Blue Men and Bright Candles (WWII Danish Resistance,includig kids). And, there’s great non-fiction stuff, too.

  13. Richard Aubrey says:

    Just heard, via Mark Steyn, that the old Davy Crockett song “kilt him a b’ar when he was only three” has been changed to “tamed him a b’ar when he was only three” at various Disney/Crockett venues. Don’t want the poor dears who hear it to have nightmares or something.
    My guess is your local administrators would do that to Sutcliff and the others you mentioned if they got a chance, and in the meantime, take steps to disinclude them from the reading lists.

  14. Richard Aubrey says:

    Oh, yeah. The Battle Hymn of The Republic.

    “as He died to make men holy, let us live to make men free”.

    Not such an onerous obligation as the old version, eh?


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