Lost in all the noise about helping girls achieve their potential is a growing body of evidence that boys are in trouble. It's the real "gender gap." Consider this: A recent study by two MIT economists found that men, not women, are less likely to graduate from high school and finish college. As a result, the study said, "over the last three decades, the labor market trajectory of males in the U.S. has turned downward along four dimensions: skills acquisition, employment rates, occupational stature and real wage levels."
Of course, given the gender inequity that dominates elementary education, this shouldn't come as a surprise. Plus, since the late 1980's, too many boys have been soaked in Ritalin and other psychotropics in order to get them to stop acting like...well...boys. Those of us who tried to address this in its early stages were labeled "sexist".