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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Title IX Invades Science and Math

Feminists have long abused the law called Title IX in order to cancel men's sports teams in colleges and universities. For example, they have forced colleges to cancel hundreds of college wrestling teams because the feminists hate anything so masculine as wrestling. Now the feminists are making the same kind of assault against men who are interested in science and math. The feminists, who virtually control the Obama Administration, have gotten the federal government to announce a new set of rules to enforce Title IX in what are called the STEM courses. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. There has never been any discrimination in the STEM courses; they are open to males and females on the same basis. But traditionally more men are interested in those subjects than women.

The fact that engineering departments have a majority of men does not mean they discriminate against women any more than the majority of women in English departments means that English classes discriminate against men. But the feminists are determined to make them gender equal regardless of student preferences or aptitude. This new feminist attack on men comes straight from President Obama. He told Newsweek magazine, that he is "addressing inequality in math and science education" and "engineering and technology." He then said, "I've said that women will shape the destiny of this country, and I mean it." What he really meant is that radical feminists will shape the policy of his administration, regardless of ability or talent or aptitude or choice in education.

The U.S. Department of Education claims that it is not requiring quotas, but the plain fact is that the only way colleges will be able to cope with the new regulations is to adopt a quota that artificially puts a cap on male participation in the STEM courses. The result will be that America will be graduating fewer men who are skilled in engineering and math and science. That isn't going to make the women any smarter, but it will reduce the pool of smart Americans.

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