An article on Bloomberg.com explains how men being less educated harms society:
The U.S. workplace is polarizing between the education haves and have-nots, says David Autor, professor of economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. So-called middle-skill jobs, typically well-paying work that doesn’t require extensive higher education, are vanishing, dividing the labor force into high- and low-skill positions. While women are moving up the knowledge ladder, male educational attainment is growing at a slower rate.
“It is terrific that women are getting higher levels of education,” Autor says. “The problem is that males are not.”
When men are undereducated, the consequences are dire:
In his research, Autor says there are costly societal problems when men fail to move up in education. Their incomes lag behind, marriage rates fall and they tend to drop out of the labor force altogether. White men who dropped out of high school were 17 percentage points less likely to be married than those with some post-high school education in 2008, Autor said in a study. For black men, the difference was 20 percent. Incarceration rates also are higher for men who didn’t complete high school.
The article goes on to explain that, “For young women and men living in the same family, the sisters are going on to outperform their brothers on average,”
The Bloomberg article explains this, about the gap in education and how it’s changing through the years:
Women born in 1988 were 10 points more likely to go to college then men of the same age, research by economists Martha J. Bailey and Susan M. Dynarksi of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor shows.
Read the Bloomberg.com article here, and let’s discuss:
What can we do to equalize education for young men right now?
Where do we start? With parents, with the educational system, or with the jobs market? What needs to change?
How can we get more men who need work into programs to educate them for the positions where we are lacking employees?
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