I remember, years ago, when it was news that more females than males were in college. It was considered a major victory for feminism, and perhaps it was. Males never made a “comeback” after that, and soon the percentages went from a barely noticeable (but newsworthy!) 50.1% female, to 55% female, to today’s we-should-ask-questions 60% female.
Thing is, the unbalanced gender issue doesn’t really work on a per-classroom basis. Take a gender studies course, and you’ll have perhaps 1 male and the rest female, for example. In math classes, it starts at near parity at the entry level courses, but by the time you get to the third year math courses, only about 10% of the students are female. I don’t consider this a loss or a victory for feminism, it’s just the way it is.
The issue that should be noted is the overall disparity, already extreme, is getting worse. I’ll quote from the Denver Post, but I assure the gentle reader these trends are everywhere in the U.S.:
–while not CNN, they’ve still blown the headline, which should read “…is dropping even further.”
Naturally, we need to ask “why?” Our kid are trained from near infancy that college is an absolute necessity, so why is this (terrible) training working on the females, but not on the males? What’s giving males this resistance to the conditioning?
The very natural response is money, and the Post addresses that:
“If you don’t want to go to college you can go to a trade school and come away with something and not be on the hook for $150,000,” said 28-year-old Adam Stark, who dropped out of college and now is thriving in the music business in Denver.
To succeed in life, you really do need a skill, and, yes, if you want money, you need a skill someone is willing to pay for. Colleges don’t focus on skill-building, because teaching skills requires hiring people with skills, and that costs money—our campuses are flooded with administrators whose purpose is to hire teachers as cheaply as possible. Thus, almost all the coursework involves things that don’t require any skill, or even build up skills.
At the risk of sounding sexist, males are more money-oriented than females, as though they’re trained early on that nobody is going to pay their way through life and so they must figure out how to pay for themselves and hopefully a family. To even suggest such a thing could bring an attack if I said it at my job but…there’s a difference here, we’re supposed to consider why.
Greater fiscal responsibility might well be a factor, but there’s more to it. You can step into a casino any time of day and see males making terrible financial decisions, and college is for most people a terrible financial decision…there’s more here than financial concerns.
You can easily condition a child to associate a brightly colored candy coating with something good to eat. What happens when you put a candy coating on fecal matter? A well-conditioned teenager will still put the “candy” in his mouth, but as soon as he’s exposed to the visceral unpleasantness of it, he’ll spit it out.
This, I feel, is a far stronger reason for males fleeing higher education:
“Others say the campus environment has become testy, even hostile, toward men. “You definitely get the sense you are the problem,” said Maxwell. “One woman once told me that she could use statistics to determine how many of my friends were rapists.”
Whatever the reason…”
–note carefully those last 3 words. How can the author not guess at a reason, considering what came before those words?
It’s still something of a secret that our campuses are, quite often, hostile towards males. Between the hate-filled Gender Studies courses spitting enraged females out to mingle amongst the other students, and a kangaroo court system destroying male lives at will, it doesn’t take long for a male to note the candy coating of “college is a great choice” to have an underlying flavor of pure hatred for him.
And, indeed, this is what’s happening:
Meanwhile, over the past decade about 30 percent of male college students have dropped out during their freshman year,
Why did the article I’m citing blow off the given reason with a “whatever”? It’s very clear males are still coming on campus. It’s just when they get there, they see it’s a very hostile place for them to be, and they leave.
One small anecdote from the article:
Stark, 28, studied computer science for a year and a half before leaving Metro State University to study on his own.
Now a software engineer for a music company in Denver, Stark also DJs at some of the area’s most notable nightclubs. “What I was getting in the classroom just didn’t jibe with me. I felt I could teach myself on the Internet,” he said.
Look, the world runs on computers, if you’re looking to make money it’s a great field to get into. But our campuses just aren’t going to teach job-applicable computer skills (too expensive to hire those kind of people), so, yes, learn it on your own. Or go to a legitimate (i.e., non-accredited) school which will return your tuition if you don’t get a job after graduation.
Returning to the topic, another reason for the gender disparity is males are told they are not wanted in yet another way: scholarships. Again, I might be a bit biased in mathematics, but there are seemingly endless “free money if you’re female and want to be a math/science major” opportunities on campus, while I’m very hard pressed to remember any scholarship that was for males-only. Granted, this might not turn away males (though I think it does) but it certainly means we’re slamming more females into higher education than there otherwise would be.
I really wonder what will happen, years from now, when the full extent of the fraud of higher education is revealed (I’ve done all I can, but hold no illusions as to how long it will take). Will the fact the females were disproportionately taken advantage of here matter at all?
Parent: “I can’t believe my daughter got into Yale, graduated, and got married to raise kids.”
–a high school friend was accepted into Yale, despite having no connections. The parents were not pleased at the outcome, however.
There are other future concerns as well. College enrollments have been heading up except (thankfully) the last couple of years, so this means that now a huge number of our best and brightest females are giving up some of their best child-bearing years, not only to become deeply indebted, not only to receive heavy indoctrination into a hateful ideology, but, at absolute best, to gain skills so they can have a hard core career instead of a family.
Might this be a bad idea for society in general?
This is socially disastrous and societally dysgenic, as it not only demonstrates the declining value of a college degree, but due to hypergamy, functionally sentences half of the USA’s most intelligent women to barren celibacy. Women always tend to drive men out of previously male occupations, and education is no exception.
I grant I’m not the only one to have such concerns, but we really need to re-think this “everyone must go to college whatever the cost” idea. Yes, education is good, but so are knowledge and actual skills, and seeing as the latter are no longer considered a necessary part of the higher education complex, we now must ask if setting up colleges and universities every few miles (as well as online) is something we as a society should pay for.
Once again, we should at the bare minimum stop with the student loan scheme. A societal system which taxes its citizens to force them to pay for the destruction of their own society is invalid, after all.