Disclaimer: I have two boys.
Disclaimer: Christina Hoff Sommers is on the staff at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank.
Conclusion: None of that matters.
Why? Although sociology and human development can be a slippery science, with ill-defined objective goals, Ms. Sommers has written a book of surpassingly convincing evidence that boys are being shortchanged in our American educational system.
I was tipped off to this book after reading an article in Business Week about “The New Gender Gap.” It seems that the “weaker sex” now occupies a greater claim to the educational supremacy than the boys; girls are swelling the honor roles while remedial classes fill with testosterone. Ms. Sommers lays out the case against unequal treatment with such dispassionate and methodical procedure, you might mistake her approach for a scientist proving the speed of light. But the conclusion is inescapable: boys have suffered – and continue to suffer – under a system that has shifted advantage to girls.
In a broader frame, Sommers presents an education system soaked with political correctness and gender politics that should alarm men and women alike. In that sense, “The War Against Boys” should trouble the parents of girls as well as boys. A powerful polemic for our times.