Thursday, March 21, 2013
Yes, he does.
In the places the majority live, education is not valued as how to be a man.
They seek other ways of identity and status.
Whereas girls have few roads to identity and status and education is one of them.
I've just been reading a book (which is at home and I can't quote author or title alas) which is about the massive rise and fairly sudden fall of fraternal orders in the US.
The author speculates that the rituals that were the main focus of groups like Oddfellows and Masons were all about masculine identity and bonding in a world where middle class boys did not interact with men until adulthood. That the strict gender roles of mid 19thC society and the change from agrarian to urban meant they needed some kind of bonding and masculine identity and focus.
As gender roles became more fluid and society changed in the late 19th and early 20th C, the orders collapsed.
Perhaps there's similar forces at work here.
Not so much education seen as feminine but other things seen as more masculine?
And maybe a nasty feedback loop with the current hysteria about how school is all about girls. They think they can't succeed?
"Social scientists across the political spectrum tell us that father absence is a stronger predictor of criminal behavior than family income, education -- or (Bill Bennett, take note) race."
He also included an interesting anecdote on the influence of older elephant bulls on younger ones.
"The admission rate is “sub-10 percent,” Patel says."
That's less than ten percent of the mostly college graduates that apply.
Not quite a model for CC..
It's in the same bin as the MOOCs - works well for smart self-motivated people who already have tech skills, not so great for the 99%.
Since my view of the study of non-existent fathers is more along the lines of "why didn't anyone notice this a decade ago", your puzzlement puzzles me. Ditto for economists who don't understand the fall of men in the workplace when women achieved college grad equality circa 1980 (look at the graph and subtract 10 from the year) and moved into a solid majority around 1990. The latter cohort is now in their mid-career peak years. Male leaders favoring male underlings over women can only last a generation or two under those circumstances.
BTW, I have learned from my students that the totally absent dad is a myth. The "Baby Daddy" knows who his kid is, so there is still a role model (of sorts) out there on the street if mom is still in the same neighborhood.