Quick takes – single-sex classrooms, ‘gainful employment’ rule, War on Men in science, & more

by Grace

—  Single-sex classrooms are a trend:

—  The coming War on Men in science – applying Title IX to science  

Quotas limiting the number of male students in science may be imposed by the Education Department in 2013. The White House has promised that “new guidelines will also be issued to grant-receiving universities and colleges” spelling out “Title IX rules in the science, technology, engineering and math fields.” These guidelines will likely echo existing Title IX guidelines that restrict men’s percentage of intercollegiate athletes to their percentage in overall student bodies, thus reducing the overall number of intercollegiate athletes. (Under the three-part Title IX test created by the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights, where I used to work, colleges are allowed to temporarily comply by increasing the number of female athletes rather than cutting the number of male athletes, but the only viable permanent way to comply with its rule is to restrict men’s participation relative to women’s participation, reducing overall participation.) Thus, as Charlotte Allen notes, the Obama administration’s guidelines are likely to lead to “science quotas” based on gender.

—  The “gainful employment” rule for career-training schools has been struck down in court, but it could be a “Pyrrhic victory for the for-profit colleges”.

A federal judge in Washington has overturned a main component of the federal Department of Education’s “gainful employment” rules, which were applied to career-training programs and were hotly contested by for-profit colleges, saying that regulation was arbitrary.

—   Grinnell College dean pulls back the curtain on college admissions

A window into what goes on during the reading of applications; among the insights:

I can remember very clearly last year talking about a student who I wasn’t particularly impressed with. I felt that the application was flat; the writing wasn’t compelling to me; the recommendations, while good, they weren’t powerful, they didn’t support the student’s admission.

… And then one of the other committee members made the argument and said, look, this child is from a single-parent home, they spend a lot of time helping to support a younger sibling, they don’t have as much time for the extracurricular activities. You could tell that the school didn’t really know the student, because the student couldn’t stay after and participate in a lot of activities. And I think seeing through a different lens to some degree, slowing down and really looking at the student on her own individual merits, that made all the difference.

—  The 13 Careers Where You’re Most Likely To Commit Suicide

Two of the careers listed:

Mathematicians and scientists are 1.85 times more likely to commit suicide than average…

Dentists are 5.45 times more likely to commit suicide than average

Related:  Public schools are not diverse enough for boys (Cost of College)

One Comment to “Quick takes – single-sex classrooms, ‘gainful employment’ rule, War on Men in science, & more”

  1. I like that quote, too. But I also like the option of single-sex schools.


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