Richard Whitmire, a former editorial writer at USA Today and past board president of the National Education Writers Association, is a frequent opinion commentator on national education issues. (Why Boys Fail ceased publishing in November 2011.)
Education Opinion Bulletin from your Blogger: This Blog is Going into Remission
As mentioned in a previous posting, I am in the middle of a book project that, by book writing standards, includes some very demanding deadlines. But the project is worth it. I'm collaborating with College Board President Gaston Caperton on a book about what works in American public education. And what works, as it turns out, is what works for boys as well. When the book is done, the blog may return.
College & Workforce Readiness Opinion Economic Inequality: Red or Blue
Times columnist David Brooks makes an important point today about two flavors of inequality. The 'blue' inequality, financiers vs. wage earners, is getting all the attention, but the 'red' inequality, those with or without a college education (and here, the big gap falls along gender lines) is more prevalent.
Education Opinion Introducing a New Guest Blogger
Thanks to John Lee for his contributions. Next up is Darryl Williams, who for the past five years has been the principal of the Brighter Choice Charter School for Boys in Albany New York. Brighter Choice is an all-boys public charter school serving a 97% African-American and Latino population.
Science Opinion Women and Engineering
An interesting contribution to the debate over why women shun engineering careers comes from Stanford University's Clayman Institute for Gender Research. We know that girls perform as well as boys in the sciences during the high school years. The separation points appear to be when women declare their majors and even later when women with engineering backgrounds commit to careers.
College & Workforce Readiness Opinion A Warning Sign from Korea
Too many college graduates and not enough jobs for them has Koreans worried about the priorities of their education system.
International Opinion The British Story, Again
The gender gaps in the U.K. seem roughly equivalent to what we're seeing here. The difference is the extent of the awareness. Overseas, the story makes regular appearances in the news. Here, the subject is still considered somewhat exotic -- and controversial.