Enrollment into the education system occurs at age five and continues for thirteen years until the graduation from high school. Thirteen years of vital growth sets a student up for the rest of their future. As a graduate from high school, a young adult may decide to pursue a higher education, embark on a new career or dedicate themselves to a marriage. The process of receiving a general education from kindergarten to senior year directly affects the outcome of a young adult’s options they are able to pursue after receiving his or her high school diploma.
Many young adults choose to go to college in order to start a new chapter in their lives. History shows the majority of this group of young adults were male. Recent studies show a change in the gender majority pursuing this path, deeming the change a “gender gap” (Pollitt 140). Today, females account for “57 percent of undergraduates”, quickly edging ahead of the male college community (Pollitt 140). The difference in performance between genders in high school directly leads to the current gender gap in universities (Sommers 135). This current gender gap is an outcome of the way males are presently receiving their general education. Writer and columnist, Katha Pollitt, states males experience “too many female teachers, too
much sitting quietly, not enough sports and a feminist-friendly curriculum” (140). George Gilder continues to support Pollitt in raising the question “Why would any self –respecting boy want to attend one of America’s increasingly feminized universities?” (Pollitt 140) Females on the other hand are able to thrive in such an environment, relating to those of the same gender, receiving “privileged” treatment, and in the end starting a revolution by taking their high school success and continuing to flourish in college (Sommers 134).
Due to the general education system giving males a feminist outlook on education, the gender... [continues]
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