International Opinion

What’s Missing in this Analysis?

By Richard Whitmire — July 23, 2010 1 min read
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The New York Times runs a piece on the College Board report on the U.S. slipping in world education rankings and neglects to mention the biggest player -- men. If the United States were to correct its gender imbalance, with 62 percent of the associate’s degrees (the usual measure of international rankings) going to women, the country could regain its top rankings. True, other countries such as Canada also have steep gender imbalances, but if you’re looking for a tactic to get quick gains, look to boosting college enrollment and graduation rates among males.

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