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  • Writer's pictureJoanne Jacobs

Why does Kalamazoo Promise work for women but not men?

The Kalamazoo Promise, which guarantees college scholarships to all graduates of the Michigan city's schools, has increased college completion rates by 45 percent for female students since it launched in 2005, researchers found. For males, there's been "zero benefit."


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Most programs that help female students succeed in school, navigate college and launch careers don't work for men, writes Richard V. Reeves on National Affairs. His new book on the struggles of males is titled Of Boys and Men.


Other examples include "a student-mentoring scheme in Fort Worth, Texas; a school-choice program in Charlotte, North Carolina; an income boost to low-wage earners in New York City" and more, he writes.


"Young women are seizing opportunities with much greater zeal than young men," writes Reeves. Boys and men are a lot "harder to help."


Reeves talked to Tyreese, a young black man in community college in Kalamazoo.

He observes major differences between the women and men around him. The first is one of motivation: "The women are so driven," he notes. "They know they have to provide for their family." A second factor is independence: "They [the women] don't really need a relationship; they can do it on their own." The third is persistence: "When stuff gets hard, the guys tend to run away. The girls don't." The fourth is planning: "Women tend to live in the future," he says, while "men tend to live in the present."

In Tyreese's world, providing for the family is a woman's job -- not a man's. That's a big culture shift from the old days.



American men are losing their work ethic, writes Matt Welch on Reason. The number of working-age men who aren't working is way up.


Welch interviewed Nicholas Eberstadt, author of Men Without Work on The Fifth Column podcast. "For every [25–54-year-old] guy who is out of work and looking for a job…in 2022, there are four guys who are neither working nor looking for work," Eberstadt said.


Who's working? Immigrants, said Eberstadt. "That's true for Latinos, it's true for Asians, true for African-Americans, it's true for Anglos."


32 comentários


Convidado:
10 de out. de 2022

This is not surprising at all -- broadly, men and boys aren't interested in playing games they have zero chance of winning. There are two dynamics here: one is that technical progress has evaporated the physically demanding job in America, leaving men with fewer and fewer paths to distinguish themselves, while women have thrown open the gates to the professional world under threat of sexism (and so conquered it for themselves). See Title IX.


The second is that immigrants have a much higher upside to hard work (old country standard of living vs U.S. standard) with greater access to traditional women open to traditional relationships. Why should existing American men diligently prepare for a provider role so they can get…

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Convidado:
18 de out. de 2022
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So American men (not immigrant men, right?) need physically demanding jobs to distinguish themselves? And their only choice of woman to marry is a crotchety, man-hating type? Wow. Maybe they could crack a textbook and study. I know more than a few educated men having fine careers and married to lovely women. But hey, I guess we should feel sorry for the all the dudes who want to be Archie Bunker.

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Convidado:
10 de out. de 2022

Two things: a. the governing attitude of this demograhic - 'if you aren't the best, drop it, you'll never catch up to those who are' ; and b. the ability to make more money without a degree. A minor factor is housing; these programs do not include room & board & health insurance.... and many young men are shown the door at high school grad, parent's new spouse doesn't want them on the premises and isn't going to fund housing or health insurance for them (must be up to date on vax for college).


b. is very strong, I've shown youth who do not have the muscle for trades/oil rigs the consequences of course choice on ASVAB and technician selectio…

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Convidado:
10 de out. de 2022

Pretty much every bit of Reeve's book is horseshit.

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Convidado:
11 de out. de 2022
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Does one really want to argue that girls are making better grades, graduating from high school at a higher rate, graduating from college at a higher rate, and more economically successful when in their 20's.

Reeve's is an economist and looks at the data rather than anecdotal stories.

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Convidado:
10 de out. de 2022

The women are all on The Pill. Excretion of environmentally persistent artificial female hormones is disrupting the proper endocrine function of males across species.

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Convidado:
10 de out. de 2022

The hatred of men in this article and these comments is really revealing. I tell young men to leave this country.

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Convidado:
10 de out. de 2022
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And where would they go? Russia?

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