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No. 430: Half Man, Half Amazing

No. 430: Half Man, Half Amazing

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From Davis Hunt

some lose all mind and become soul:
some lose all soul and become mind:
some lose both and become:

Charles Bukowski

Last night, I went to see Richard Reeves talk about his new book, Of Boys and Men, at Montgomery Bell Academy over on Harding Pike. A few months back, a friend had suggested I read Reeves’ book, and I did. It’s a straightforward, establishment-friendly assessment of why and how boys have been falling behind.

At the end of the book’s preface, Reeves declares: “We need a prosocial masculinity for a postfeminist world.” If that sounds a bit like word salad to you, don’t worry, it gave me pause too. What I think Reeves means is that we need to adjust our standards of masculinity in order to give men space to enter occupations they wouldn’t normally find appealing. He notes throughout the book how the modern workplace favors soft skills, which women have an easier time with than men.

There are lots of stats he pulls out to make his point about men falling behind. I’ll list a few:

  • Women are fifty percent more likely to get college degrees than men
  • Women earn higher GPAs in high school than men despite there being no corresponding gap in standardized test scores
  • Men are three times more likely to commit suicide than women
  • Three out of four teachers from pre- through high school are women
  • Men have slowly been dropping out of the workforce as women have been joining

All of the above are fairly straightforward, but one worth underscoring is the absence of male teachers. There have been studies that reveal boys respond more positively to male teachers versus female teachers. Among the above statistics, hiring more male teachers would seem to most immediately bridge the male/female achievement gaps in grade school.

Much of the book focuses on how, in adolescence, boys fall behind their female counterparts and have a hard time catching up. Reeves attributes this lag to the slower development of boys’ brains compared to girls’. “Boys’ brains develop more slowly, especially during the most critical years of secondary education,” he notes in the book.

To remedy these developments, Reeves suggests some solutions that I’ll also list here:

  • “Redshirt” (delay school entry) boys by default
  • One thousand new technical high schools, doubling to a fifteen percent share of students
  • One million more apprenticeships
  • Mass recruitment drive of male teachers, especially in English
  • Subsidies for men entering health, education, administration, and literacy (HEAL) training and jobs
  • Equal, independent paid leave for fathers and mothers: six months

At the beginning of his talk, Reeves centered the discussion by noting that the two most common words used by boys before they committed suicide were “useless” and “worthless.” Why is this the case? In some sense, it’s related to men’s declining performance relative to women and women’s subsequent untethering from “needing a man” as the institution of marriage evolved into, as Reeves puts it, a partnership of capital in the stewardship of children, but there’s more to it than that.

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