Some US colleges are accepting a higher share of their male applicants than their female applicants. That's because more girls apply, but schools want to keep the ratio somewhat even in the student body.
Some colleges accept a higher share of their male applicants than female applicants to keep the student body ratio even, since more girls apply.
found."You are marked as a bad kid, and that means teachers and counselors are less likely to have patience for you and less likely to present you unique opportunities related to college-going," Huerta said, adding, "often boys find out too late what they need to do in order to prepare for college - they might find out their junior or senior years that you need to take these classes, you need to take these tests."
The pandemic has made these trends more pronounced."We're seeing this gender disparity in higher education exacerbated, where there's fewer and fewer boys in higher education as a result of the pandemic," Owens said.Financial strains may compel young men to enter the workforce right away
Students at a Florida high school walk to campus on their first day of school on August 23, 2021.AP Photo/Marta LavandierSome young men face an additional deterrent to enrolling in college: the need to support themselves or their families.An analysis from the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education, headtopics.com
reported in the Wall Street Journal, found that boys from low-income backgrounds were the least likely of any demographic group to enroll in college in 2019. COVID-19 has exacerbated financial woes for many families, creating a heightened pressure to enter the workforce.
"Financial strains cause young men to say, 'College is really expensive. Who's going to pay for it? Who's going to pay for my books? Who's going to pay for my car?'" Huerta said.For these boys, Owens added, it's often easier to follow a path that's been laid out for them already.
"If you're a boy coming from a low-income family, you might have role models around you who have gone into the trades or who have gone into other non-professional occupations," she said. "That's the example you have in front of you."
More male teachers and active learning techniques could be part of the solutionKindergarten teacher Mary Hoftiezer and the class fly like airplanes during a story break at Fairview Elementary in Denver, Colorado, on January 23, 2019.Joe Amon/The Denver Post/Getty Images headtopics.com
The US education system is notoriously underfunded - but, at the moment, US school districts collectively have access to billions of dollars in COVID-19 relief funds."Right now is a critical time in our national history," Huerta said. "How are we going to use those dollars?"
In an ideal world, he said, every US school would have two or three college counselors - including men of color. The currentnational ratiois one college counselor for every 424 students.Owens, meanwhile, is pushing for funds to go toward early education. She'd like to see preschools and kindergartens incorporate more active, hands-on projects and fewer quiet lectures. Recruiting more male teachers at that level is also critical, she added.
"I would really invest in changing the structure of schooling," Owens said. "So you are both setting boys up to have higher levels of the skills that get rewarded in schools, and simultaneously changing the structure of schools to make them more friendly to boys."
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