Wanted —  in America:  Educated Men

By Shlomo Maital




  Female (blue) vs. Male (black) College Enrollment

Dating back to 1980, in the U.S.,  more women are going to college than men.  The gap is now large enough to be worrisome:  14 m. women will enroll, in 2019, compared with fewer than 10 m. men.  Since men tend to study engineering and science, this bodes for a shortage of technology skills in the U.S.  Moreover, it will create an ever more polarized society (remember, the 1% vs. the 99%?).  According to Craig Torres, writing in  Bloomberg Business Week:

   “So-called middle-skill jobs, typically well-paying work that doesn’t require extensive higher education, are vanishing, dividing the labor force into high- and low-skill positions.” 

    No other country that I know has such a huge male-female enrollment gap.

    The article does not explain the underlying causes of the gap.  Nor does it explain why men, who know that you need college education to get a job and to get good pay, still enroll far less than women.  The median full-year wage for men 25-to-34 years old with a bachelor’s degree was $51,000 in 2009 compared with just $32,900 for those with a high school diploma.  So much for economic rationality.

   The worst part of it?  This issue, too, has become political and polarized in America.  On Jan. 24, in his State of the Union address, President Obama said that every American family should be able to afford to send its children to college.  Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s response:  “He wants everybody in America to go to college,” Santorum told supporters in Troy, Michigan, on Feb. 25. “What a snob.”