Academics Bemoan Inequality, but are Clueless as to Its Cause

Sarah Al-Arshani, writing for Medium, reports An NYU professor says fewer men going to college will lead to a ‘mating crisis’ with the US producing too many ‘broke and alone’ men. What is the solution?

Fewer men than women are attending college, which is leading to a “mating crisis,” the New York University professor Scott Galloway told CNN on Saturday.  Women made up 59.5% of college students at the end of the 2020-21 school year, an all-time high, The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month, citing US Department of Education data.

Even if 59.5% of all children being born were female, this wouldn’t constitute a mating crisis. Why is Galloway shouting “crisis” on CNN? Could it be because CNN is fake news?

Data from the National Center for Education Statistics found that in 1970, men made up close to 59% of those enrolled in college, compared to about 41% of women who were enrolled. 

Sounds about right. In the early eighties, things were much more balanced, though STEM classes were (and still are in many disciplines) largely male.

The Journal reported that in the next few years the education gap will widen so that for every one man who earns a college degree, two women will earn one. Galloway told CNN that the problem is much bigger than just the current numbers because men drop out at greater rates than women.

And why would that be?

The issue he said is being driven by the rising cost of college without much change to the quality of education. Elite universities, he said, are focused on giving a luxury experience and not expanding enrollment. 

I would argue that quality has changed a lot–for the worse. So, when something becomes massively less worthwhile and massively more expensive, the question is why aren’t women staying away in equal numbers?

Additionally, he said, college-aged men have more options than their female peers. 

This is somewhat true. There are still many jobs (in mining, forestry, and other resource based industries, for example) that are high paying and are more difficult for women who, on average, have only 50-60% of the upper body strength of men due to sexual dimorphism.

“You can walk onto a construction site in Florida, you can turn on an app — cop, firemen, trade job — which at the age of 18 if you can make $100 to $200 a day that feels like real cabbage,” he said. 

Woman are able to do many of these jobs too.

But Galloway warned that beyond the classroom, the gap is causing an “existential threat to society,” and that we are creating a “dangerous cohort.”

What is this idiot talking about? Men who go into the trades, policing, firefighting, and resource industries are not dangerous.

“We have mating inequality in the country,” he said, adding that women with college degrees don’t want to partner with men who don’t hold a degree. 

Well, too bad for them. At least 19% of them won’t, though if more men leave before achieving a degree, that number will be higher. And that ignores the fact that educated men are perfectly happy to marry a woman who does not have a degree.

“The most dangerous person in the world is a broke and alone male, and we are producing too many of them,” he said. “The most unstable violent societies in the world, all have one thing in common: Young depressed men who aren’t attaching to work, aren’t attaching to school, and aren’t attaching to relationships.”

What is he proposing should be done?

The Journal reported that there’s no “reversal” insight for this gap. Women make up 49% of college-age people in the country, but in the 2021-22 school year, there were 3,805,978 Common App college applications by women compared to just 2,815,810 by men. 

So what are they proposing should be done?

In the fall of 2020, while the University of California, Los Angeles expanded enrollment by 3,000 students, 90% of those spots were filled by women. That same semester, only 41% of those enrolled in UCLA were men, The Journal reported. UCLA Vice Provost Youlonda Copeland-Morgan told The Journal that men’s applications are not more competitive but that fewer men apply.

And why would that be?

“Men are falling behind remarkably fast,” Thomas Mortenson, a senior scholar at the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education, told The Journal. 

But are they ‘falling behind’? Having a college degree is not the same thing as being successful. A man who learns programming in a technical school spends far less money and time than one who earns a computer science or engineering degree. Yet in a few years, the difference between what the two earn can be completely erased.

Why are men staying away and dropping out? Because they see the massive debt their uncles and older brothers who earn a degree incur, and see what they get in exchange for it. It’s much better to work and earn until you know what you want to do than to enter college straight out of high school and waste time and money figuring out what to major in. And university is not for everyone.

How can colleges attract more men? To start with, stop offering scholarships and bursaries that are only open to women. Most importantly, stop discriminating against men. Finally, make sure that your programs offer real value, and that people know that they do. In the past, technical schools and universities used to boast about the percentage of their graduates who were able to find work in their fields.

About jimbelton

I'm a software developer, and a writer of both fiction and non-fiction, and I blog about movies, books, and philosophy. My interest in religious philosophy and the search for the truth inspires much of my writing.
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