Boy Problems

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Academics and Gender
To succeed in this generation one must do two things: achieve academic success and go to college to earn a degree. More and more women are starting to go use this formula to get ahead in life because they were taught at a young age to thrive and do their best in school. In college many experts are noticing that many less men are attending and earning degrees in male dominant fields of study. Due to the increasing focus put on women to achieve academically, young men are falling below the curve and not putting forth the effort necessary to be successful in school. In Ann Hulbert’s article, “Boy Problems,” the statistics are showing that gender and race are manipulating future jobs. Through the usage of logos, pathos, and ethos the author displays her findings. The recent outburst by Harvard President, Lawerence Summers, states that he believes boys are doing better in school because they were born superior than female students. Ann Hulbert seems to disagree with his findings. She found that, “... boys perform consistently below girls on most test of reading and verbal skill and lack in college enrollment and degree attainment.” Using the rhetorical strategy, ethos, Hullbert finds that more male students are obtaining degrees than women, which is contradicting president Summers’ statement. Throughout the years many people are motivated by different means. Ann Hulbert states, “Males come from Mars and thrive instead on no-nonsense, authority, accountability, clarity and peer rivalry.” Boys are being motivated; not by the means of academic progression like women but by rivalry and being aggressive to be ahead of somebody else. The use of pathos shows the relationship between men and the motivation to obtain success. To show the difference of how we pride men and women in the educational field, Ann Hulbert finds that through the statistics of certain fields of degrees and jobs that less men are moving toward more academic areas. Degrees in...
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