What Are We Doing to Our Boys?

For many years now the education establishment has been focused on improving the performance of girls in school.  We have initiatives to increase the number of girls going to college, to increase female involvement in STEM courses, even programs for girls to be more physically active.  These programs don’t exist for boys.

Lately statisticians have begun to ring a warning bell.  They note that these programs that confer preferential treatment to girls appear to be doing so at the expense of boys.  Many feminists scoff at that as they consider it boys, or men, finally getting what they deserve.

Because I’ve been running reports I ran one comparing the on-time graduation rates for girls to the on-time rates for boys (see boys versus girls – grad rates).  I didn’t expect to see a significant difference.  I was wrong.

About 48% of the class of 2013 was girls.  About 52% was boys.

About 93% of girls graduated on-time.  About 89% of boys did.

About 63% of girls earned an advanced diploma.  About 53% of boys did.

About 4% of girls dropped out of school.  About 6% of boys did.

Remember, there were more boys than girls in the class of 2013, so you’d expect that there would be more boys than girls graduating on-time and achieving an advanced diploma, but there weren’t.  Instead, girls outnumbered boys in every category, except dropouts.

What are we doing to our boys?

Are Specialty Programs Worth the Cost?

PWCS offers something other school divisions don’t – choice.

In PWCS, high school students can choose a specialty that they might be interested in and can transfer to a school that offers it, assuming the school is accepting transfers. We have specialty programs in IT, Bio-tech, Fine and Performing Arts, Engineering, Culinary Arts, and others.   PWCS also offers AP, IB, and Cambridge courses.  PWCS provides transportation for students transferring into specialty programs from other schools.

Is the value of the speciality programs worth the cost of programs, transportation, and all the weird enrollment numbers?

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