Missing Fathers in American Thinker

June 16, 2013 | Karin

Happy Father’s Day! While many celebrate their fathers and the active role he plays in their lives, it’s interesting to think about the decline of male presence in relationships and families. I wrote about this phenomenon today in American ThinkerFrom the article:

Why the tilted ratio? Smith points out ways in which our education system has changed into one that favors girls at the expense of boys, citing the work of Dr. Christina Hoff Sommers, author of The War Against Boys: How Misguided Feminism is Harming our Young Men. For example, competition, like games of dodgeball, is out, and as a result, boys are often less engaged in their school experience. This lack of engagement can lead to less success at school early on, having consequences for the future education of these boys and even an impact on their earning potential. It is no surprise that more men are opting out of an education system in which they are less engaged. Instead of outrage at a system in which men are falling behind, we celebrate women’s achievements and lament those few areas (like math and the hard sciences) where they haven’t yet dominated men.

Smith’s book is a reminder that life should not be a zero-sum game between men and women. She writes, “Our society has forgotten the wonder of men in its quest for retribution against men and boys who often weren’t even alive when women were being discriminated against.”

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