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1. The education system is culturally cohesive, and those who don't fit in this cultural ideal respond by rebelling or disengaging.

1.1. Boys are much more likely to have discipline problems. An article as far back as 2004 in the magazine Educational Leadership found that boys accounted for nearly three-quarters of the D’s and F’s.

1.2. Even so, men make up just over 40 percent of college students. Two million fewer men graduated from college over the past decade than women. The performance gap in graduate school is even higher.

2. Schools have to engage people as they are.

2.1. Some of the decline in male performance may be genetic.

2.1.1. That requires leaders who insist on more cultural diversity in school

2.1.2. The information age rewards people who mature early, who are verbally and socially sophisticated, who can control their impulses.

3. Evidence that boys are falling behind has mounted.

3.1. By 12th grade male reading test scores are far below female reading test scores.

3.2. 11th grade boys are now writing at the same level as 8th grade girls.

3.3. Boys used to have an advantage in math and science, but the gap is nearly gone.

4. The basic problem is the school praise diversity, but have become culturally homogeneous.

4.1. Little Prince Hal has a lot going on inside. He’s not the unfeeling, uncommunicative, testosterone-driven cretin of common boy stereotype. He’s just inspired by a different honor code. He doesn’t find much inspiration in school, but he should.

4.1.1. Some colleges are lowering the admissions requirements just so they can admit a decent number of men.

4.1.2. The education world has become a distinct subculture, with a distinct ethos and attracting a distinct sort of employee. Students who don’t fit the ethos get left out.