Magazine article Work & Family Life

Gender Gap in Education Is Widening

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Gender Gap in Education Is Widening

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Reports from the Census Bureau suggest yet another polarizing trend in U.S. society-one that subtly pits gender against gender in educational attainment.

Among Americans in the 25 to 34 age cohort, 24% more women than men have earned an associate's degree, 14% more women than men hold bachelor's degrees and 21% more women have advanced degrees. In all, more than 2 million men ages 25 to 34 could have earned a high school diploma, two-year, four-year or graduate degree if they had chosen to stay in school as women did.

Does this phenomenon reflect negative attitudes among young men about the value of intellectual achievement generally? Whatever the cause, flies in the face of hard data showing that investments in education pay off in terms of:

* Getting and keeping a job. A person with no demonstrable skill beyond a high school diploma can look forward to periodic unemployment and annual earnings that may not keep up with inflation. …

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