The US Department of Education’s (DOE) report on boys’ educational achievement is not about gender equality.
The authors of the report are not saying that boys and girls are not equal in achievement.
They are saying that “boys and girls have different strengths and different weaknesses and their performance needs to be carefully assessed to identify what are the most effective ways of achieving academic achievement.”
The authors, led by James Kohls, a former deputy director of the US Department Of Education’s Office For Civil Rights (OCR), have written: “The achievement gap between boys and boys continues to widen.
While boys consistently outperform girls in most areas of school achievement, there is a gender gap in the rate at which boys are graduating from high school and entering college.”
They write that the gap between “boys who are learning to read and write, and boys who are getting high school diplomas, and men who are doing both” has widened since the late 1970s.
They are also clear in stating that boys have been disadvantaged in “education and training, health and well-being, and employment opportunities”.
“Boys who are graduating are at greater risk of poverty, unemployment, and suicide than boys who have not been in school,” the report states.
The authors also note that “gender and ethnic minorities experience higher rates of school and college dropout and lower academic achievement than their non-white peers, with Hispanic boys being the only group of students who are significantly less likely to be enrolled in college than white boys.”
The report is a report from the Department of Labor’s Office Of Educational Policy And Programs, and it is part of a larger effort to make “gender equity in the workplace” a central part of the national policy agenda.
The report notes that, although women and minorities have made gains in the US, their rates of achievement have remained stagnant or decreased since the 1980s.
The report concludes that “the current levels of progress in the achievement gap are inadequate to support all women and minority students in America.”