Are Men Turning Away From Higher Education?

Catherine explores how the education system has transformed over the years, and how nowadays men are moving away from higher education.

When we reflect upon how far we’ve come in terms of equality of opportunity between the sexes, one of the first thing that comes to mind is women’s place in higher education. For centuries, attending institutions of higher education was indisputably a male pursuit. Historically, universities were founded by men, with the purpose of furthering skills that only were only useful to the masculine societal role. The first British women to access university did so in 1868. A century later, the gender balance within these institutions steadily began to shift. The pace of change increased in the early 1990s. In the middle of that decade, the number of female students overtook the number of male students for the first time. Since then, the gap has continued to grow. According to a study by UCAS in 2015, an 18-year-old woman was 35 per cent more likely to enter higher education than an 18-year-old man. This meant that 36,000 fewer 18-year-old males entered university that year than if the rates for men and women has been equal. In 2020, the higher education participation level for young women has reached 56.6%, compared to only 44.1% for young men. It could be argued that in regards to the monumental waves that the feminist movement aimed to create in the promotion of educational opportunities for women these statistics are the very definition of progress. That said, inequalities in something as fundamental as education should be recognized as a cause for concern regardless of the direction in which the inequality points.

 

Credit: Unsplash

The disparity between the sexes in education does not begin at university level. Many studies across the past decade that investigate school performance have detected that boys are more likely than girls to underachieve at school level. According a study done by the University of Bristol, boys are nearly twice as likely as girls to have fallen behind by the time they start primary school. The research found that 25% of boys were unable to listen to simple instructions and answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions in comparison with 14% of girls. This might be due to the fact that girls’ brains are quicker to develop as some research indicates, yet this disparity in performance that begins at such an early age continues throughout education in regards to both attendance and success. By the time that teenagers reach sixth form, girls are already significantly outnumbering boys, as well as achieving higher grades on average. This has been explained by the fact that school-age boys have been found to have a less enthusiastic attitude towards schoolwork. According to research into boy’s underachievement for the Higher Education Policy Institute, boys are 8 percent more likely than girls to regard school as a waste of time. They also tend to spend over one hour less per week on homework, and they’re less likely to read outside of school. The likelihood of boys to underperform in comparison to their female counterparts from a young age, though potentially connected to slower development, could have a knock-on effect to higher education due to an acceptance of a lower standard, and the failure to form useful habits, such as a more diligent work ethic.

 

Credit: Great Schools

This gender-based trend in higher education is not just the case in the UK. In 2021, an article published by The Atlantic entitled ‘Colleges have a Guy Problem’ highlighted how American colleges and universities now enroll roughly six women for every four men, the largest female-male gender gap in the history of higher education. Countries all over the world are seeing an increase in female applications. Panama, Sri Lanka, Argentina, Cuba, Jamaica and Brunei were some of the examples highlighted in a Study International article, as countries that have some of the highest female to male ratios in higher education. The fact that the increase in female attendance at higher education in comparison with their male counterparts is an increasingly global phenomenon arguably negates the role of western cultural factors in favor of an argument that suggests an issue with the nature of modern education, in terms of the way it better nurtures the use of traits more commonly found in girls and women.

It has also been suggested that we should not ignore the factor of financial incentive. Men continue to dominate the student demographics in subjects such aa engineering and technology, physical sciences, computer science, architecture and mathematics. These subjects, long-term staples of the university curriculum, have recently been joined by subjects which train for female dominated career fields, such as teaching and nursing. These professions only as of recently require a university degree as a standard entry point. The fact that the number of women that need to attend university in order to access their chosen career path is increasing could partially explain the increase. This could be significant when coupled with the fact that female graduates earn three times as much as women without a degree, while male graduates earn around twice as much as other men. Women not only need to attend high education to secure a wider variety of female dominated career fields, but are much less likely to earn a comparable salary without a university degree, providing a stronger motivation than for their male counterparts. By contrast, the rise of apprenticeships and other pathways into male-dominated fields could be granting more men with an opportunity preferable to university. The question remains, are these trends a cause for concern, or simply reflective of a changing economic landscape in which male and female dominated industries incentivize differing pathways towards entering the job market?

 

Comments

comments

96 thoughts on “Are Men Turning Away From Higher Education?

  1. I?ve read several excellent stuff here. Certainly price bookmarking for revisiting. I surprise how a lot attempt you place to create such a excellent informative site.

  2. Great post. I was checking continuously this blog and I’m inspired! Extremely useful information specifically the final part 🙂 I handle such information a lot. I was seeking this certain information for a long time. Thank you and good luck.

  3. Do you mind if I quote a few of your articles as long as I provide credit and sources back to your site? My blog is in the very same area of interest as yours and my users would genuinely benefit from a lot of the information you present here. Please let me know if this okay with you. Thanks a lot!

  4. Thanks for this article. I would also like to talk about the fact that it can always be hard when you find yourself in school and starting out to initiate a long credit standing. There are many college students who are just trying to make it and have long or beneficial credit history can occasionally be a difficult issue to have.

  5. Whats up are using WordPress for your site platform? I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and set up my own. Do you require any coding knowledge to make your own blog? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  6. Some tips i have generally told individuals is that when you are evaluating a good online electronics retail store, there are a few factors that you have to take into consideration. First and foremost, you need to make sure to discover a reputable along with reliable retail store that has gotten great critiques and rankings from other shoppers and business world experts. This will make sure that you are getting along with a well-known store providing you with good program and assistance to it’s patrons. Thank you for sharing your ideas on this blog.

  7. The crux of your writing whilst appearing reasonable in the beginning, did not settle perfectly with me after some time. Somewhere within the paragraphs you actually managed to make me a believer but only for a short while. I however have got a problem with your jumps in assumptions and one might do well to help fill in all those gaps. If you can accomplish that, I will definitely end up being fascinated.

  8. Hi there! I simply would like to give you a huge thumbs up for your excellent info you’ve got right here on this post. I am coming back to your website for more soon.

  9. I’ve learned newer and more effective things from your blog post. Also a thing to I have found is that usually, FSBO sellers will reject an individual. Remember, they’d prefer to not ever use your companies. But if you maintain a comfortable, professional partnership, offering assistance and keeping contact for about four to five weeks, you will usually have the capacity to win a discussion. From there, a house listing follows. Thank you

  10. Thanks for the guidelines shared in your blog. Something else I would like to express is that fat loss is not information about going on a celebrity diet and trying to get rid of as much weight as possible in a couple of days. The most effective way to shed weight is by taking it slowly but surely and obeying some basic points which can help you to make the most from the attempt to lose weight. You may recognize and be following some of these tips, although reinforcing understanding never hurts.

  11. Pingback: minneapolis jobs
  12. There are actually a variety of details like that to take into consideration. That is a nice level to deliver up. I offer the ideas above as common inspiration however clearly there are questions like the one you bring up where crucial factor shall be working in sincere good faith. I don?t know if greatest practices have emerged around issues like that, but I am certain that your job is clearly recognized as a fair game. Both boys and girls really feel the impression of just a moment?s pleasure, for the remainder of their lives.

  13. PBN sites
    We’ll establish a structure of self-owned blog network sites!

    Merits of our self-owned blog network:

    WE DO everything SO THAT google DOES NOT comprehend that THIS IS A privately-owned blog network!!!

    1- We acquire web domains from separate registrars

    2- The primary site is hosted on a virtual private server (VPS is rapid hosting)

    3- The rest of the sites are on different hostings

    4- We assign a individual Google account to each site with confirmation in Google Search Console.

    5- We design websites on WP, we don’t employ plugins with aided by which Trojans penetrate and through which pages on your websites are produced.

    6- We never reiterate templates and use only unique text and pictures

    We never work with website design; the client, if desired, can then edit the websites to suit his wishes

  14. Howdy! I could have sworn I’ve visited this website before but after going through many of the posts I realized it’s new to me. Nonetheless, I’m definitely delighted I stumbled upon it and I’ll be book-marking it and checking back often.

  15. I think this is among the most vital information for me. And i’m glad reading your article. But wanna remark on some general things, The web site style is wonderful, the articles is really excellent : D. Good job, cheers

  16. I have been browsing online more than three hours lately, yet I by no means found any interesting article like yours. It is pretty price enough for me. In my view, if all web owners and bloggers made just right content as you probably did, the net shall be much more useful than ever before.

  17. Thanks for another informative web site. Where else could I get that type of information written in such a perfect way? I’ve a project that I am just now working on, and I have been on the look out for such info.

  18. Hello, i believe that i saw you visited my web site so i got here to ?go back the desire?.I’m trying to find issues to improve my website!I guess its adequate to make use of a few of your concepts!!

  19. I’m extremely pleased to find this web site. I need to to thank you for your time due to this wonderful read!! I definitely appreciated every little bit of it and I have you saved as a favorite to look at new stuff on your web site.

  20. Magnificent beat ! I wish to apprentice while you amend your site, how could i subscribe for a blog website? The account helped me a acceptable deal. I had been tiny bit acquainted of this your broadcast provided bright clear idea

  21. I’m really enjoying the theme/design of your weblog. Do you ever run into any browser compatibility issues? A number of my blog readers have complained about my blog not operating correctly in Explorer but looks great in Firefox. Do you have any recommendations to help fix this issue?

  22. Wow that was strange. I just wrote an really long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyways, just wanted to say superb blog!

  23. I am not sure where you are getting your information, however good topic. I needs to spend a while learning much more or figuring out more. Thanks for excellent info I was looking for this info for my mission.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

THE STAND