CHRISTINA HOFF SOMMERS: “Women have surpassed men in most areas of education, but men continue to be more numerous in fields like math, physics and engineering. For more than a decade, feminist groups have been lobbying Congress to address the problem of gender â€œinjusticeâ€ in the laboratory. Their efforts are finally bearing fruit. Federal agencies are now poised to begin aggressive gender-equity reviews of math, science, and engineering programs. Groups like the National Organization for Women must be celebrating â€” but American scientists should brace themselves for the destructive tsunami headed their way.”
I want to see aggressive investigation into the shortage of male elementary school teachers. The absence of male role models damages children, especially those from impoverished female-headed homes. The usual excuses: “Men aren’t interested,” “People don’t feel comfortable having their kids around men,” etc., are just prejudice. We need to break down those walls of exclusion.