Only 52 percent of black male and 58 percent of Latino male ninth-graders graduate from high school four years later, compared to 78 percent of white males, reports the Schott Foundation in The Urgency of Now. Black male graduation rates are improving, but not fast enough, according to the foundation, which calls for schools to focus on the neediest students.
Men are less likely to enroll in college and more likely to drop out. A Denver community college is targeting retention efforts at male students.
Most STEM fields are likely to remain predominantly male. Boys take more AP physics and computer science exams, while girls now dominate AP biology (59 percent), notes Curriculum Matters, who’s been reading the AP Report to the Nation. While Calculus AB exam-takers are evenly split, 59 percent of those who tackle the more advanced Calculus BC are male.
Males make up 58 percent of AP music theory exam-takers, 74 to 77 percent in physics and 80 to 86 percent in computer science.
Gender differences were minor for Chemistry, European History, Latin, Statistics and U.S. Government and Politics.
In The Big Bang Theory, three males are physicists (theoretical, experimental and astro) and one is an engineer, while the female scientists are biologists.
Remedial classes usually are taught by adjuncts, but doctoral programs in remedial and developmental education are in the works to produce specialist instructors and researchers.
Also on Community College Spotlight: City University of New York will offer education, job training and mentors to help young black and Latino men get off the poverty-and-prison cycle.