Monday, July 10, 2006

Bad Boys in College

The NYTimes (Reg. required) ran a long article in the Sunday paper about underachieving college men.

Women are generally outperforming men academically in college, while increasing their relative numbers.

The 'men are slackers' is the new cultural theme at the moment. The recent movie, "Failure to Launch" makes the same kind of argument.

I am not sure there is anything to it, but it is an interesting new angle of reporting.

At Colleges, Women Are Leaving Men in the Dust - New York Times


Anonymous said...

"And in two national studies, college men reported that they studied less and socialized more than their female classmates."

Without seeing the studies, I would have to agree that this seems to be the priority for guys in college these days. The attitude seems to be "these are supposed to be the craziest, most fun years of my life so party on." Women did, from my point of view, seem to be more concerned with academic success. Worth noting is that a lot of female students at UW-O are in nursing and education, which requires very high grades. Compare this with fields men typically go into -like business or criminal justice- which have lower requirements. At any rate that seemed to be the status from my point of view.

lammers said...

The wonderful thing is that adult life and the working world generally is a place where you reap what you sow; decisions do have consequences. Those who take this party-hearty tack towards college will get what they deserve, more often than not. We on the faculty should do everything we can to help students realize that fact. But ultimately, the decision is theirs.