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Monday, February 23, 2015

The New Math on Campus

The New York Times published a provocative news story called “The New Math on Campus.” No, it’s not about the failure of Common Core to teach arithmetic, it’s about the dramatic ratio of males to females on most college campuses today. Long ago when I went to college, campuses were about 70% male, but today the ratio is very different. The American Council on Education reports that women have been an average of 57% of enrollments since the year 2000, and now is 60% female to 40% male at many universities. This has dramatically changed social relationships and interaction among the students. Neither the guys nor the girls like this change, but nobody knows what to do about it, and few are willing to discuss what caused this dramatic change, except to point out that women have higher grades coming out of high school.

One female student described the new relationship between the sexes like this: “Out of that 40% male population, there are maybe 20% we would consider dating, and out of those 20%, 10 have girlfriends, so all the girls are fighting over that other 10%.”

Anybody who understands human nature realizes that this situation changes behavior. Girls do not want to get left out in the cold, so they are competing for men on men’s terms. This results in more casual hook-ups that are dead-end affairs with no future and no real romantic relationships. A psychology professor put this bluntly: “When men have the social power, they create a man’s ideal of relationships: more partners, more sex, no commitment.” These new male-female percentages probably play significant roles in the sex scandals on campus reported recently.

Tomorrow let’s talk about some solutions some that people have suggested to remedy this social problem.

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