Rural school children, San Augustine county, Texas (LOC)

America's boys are in trouble. PBS reports that boys are 30% more likely to drop out of school. In an economy where having a bachelor's degree is increasingly considered the norm, boys are falling behind girls very early on in their academic careers. Though the cause (pdf) of this is not clear, but boys aren't reading as much as girls and are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD. The equality that Whitman deemed essential to being American, for both sexes, is still very much stifled.

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