Thursday, July 20, 2006

Is this ok?

For years it?s been seen as a problem in need of a solution that there were fewer women at university than men. Now, female attendance has shot past male attendance. Is this a problem that the government should tackle with affirmative action for men?

Gary Becker has a post on the issue here. I like this blunt, casual statement about female students
On pretty much all objective measures, women deserve to have greater college representation than men because they study harder, get better grades, are more likely to graduate from high school, complete their school work in a more timely fashion, write better, and in other ways outperform young men.
Is this somehow offensive?

4 comments:

cristi said...

I just have to look at our natural science class to see that Gary Becker has a case. I may agree with his argument, but not his conclusion. Men may be lazy underachievers (the tone here is tongue and cheek), but i'm sure they contribute in other equally important ways to tertiary education. I'll need some time to figure out what that is though.....

stuart said...

i think that the fact that women make up 55% of students is conclusive evidence of systematic discrimination against men. action must be taken!

cristi said...

I was going to argue that there are more women in the world, but there are infact more men (according to CIA). Not only that, since only 77% of women are literate (as opposed to 87% for men), surely that means that there are alot more male university candidates than there are female? so why ask for equal oppotunities, when you should be asking roughly 53% male attendance?

stuart said...

i will now be asking for 53% male representation.