A Voice for Male Students.com promotes educational equity for men and boys by focusing on three main areas: academic achievement & well-being, institutional bias, and rights and protections. Follow the website’s blog posts to learn more. To see a full summary of these issues with sources visit avoiceformalestudents.com/know-the-issues/issues.
Educational Achievement & Well-Being
Male students earn roughly 37% of associate’s, 40% of bachelor’s, 39% of master’s, and 43% of doctorate degrees. This is part of an overall trend of decline with no end in sight. Male students are much more socially isolated and marginalized, being 80% of suicides, as well as much less likely to participate in student government, academic clubs, music, the performing arts, and student clubs. Boys are twice as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD and 2.8 times more likely to be put on medication for it. They are also 75% of students labeled with learning disabilities and 33% more likely to drop out of high school.
Bias against men and boys is rampant in academia and takes many forms. Sexism is prejudice or discrimination on the basis of a person’s sex. Misandry, most commonly seen in higher ed, is contempt or hatred of men and boys. Gynocentrism is the tendency to place women’s experiences or preferences at the center of any discussion or endeavor. Conformism is simply a bias in favor of or acquiescence to the status quo and often prevents people from voicing alternative ideas, including pro-male ones.
Rights & Protections
Schools systemically deny due process to men and boys accused of sexual assault and sexual harassment. Despite not having the investigative and prosecutorial power of the criminal justice system, all public schools are now required to adjudicate serious felony crimes like sexual assault. Many schools also employ unconstitutional speech codes, or enforce speech codes in a one-sided fashion, in an attempt to shut down free speech. In lower education male students are suspended twice as often and expelled three times as often as girls, and some schools employ barbaric methods of restraints and punishments for special needs students.