Deck stacked against boys in Amer­ica, ad­vo­cates say

The Washington Times Weekly - - National - BY CH­ERYL WETZSTEIN

“If just one sex wins, both sexes lose.”

These words, pre­sented May17 at an event in Wash­ing­ton spon­sored by the Boys Ini­tia­tive, are in­tended to start a na­tional con­ver­sa­tion aimed at im­prov­ing the out­comes for Amer­i­can boys and men in school, work, mar­riage and health.

The fig­ures are stark: Com­pared to girls, boys are less ed­u­cated and more med­i­cated. One in five men of prime work­ing age is not work­ing. Men have a life ex­pectancy five years shorter than women. Male sui­cide rates start out equal to fe­males, but steadily rise over the life­span.

Amer­ica ranks No. 1 in the world for the num­ber of men in their 50s and 60s with col­lege de­grees, but it ranks only ninth for these de­grees among men in re­la­tion­ship skills or “life skills” are taught in school, both sexes should be able to com­mu­ni­cate and prob­lem-solve bet­ter, rais­ing the like­li­hood that more chil­dren can be raised in a happy home with their moth­ers and fathers, he said.

If Pres­i­dent Obama were to es­tab­lish by ex­ec­u­tive or­der a White House Coun­cil on Boys to Men, just as he cre­ated the White House Coun­cil on Women and Girls in March 2009, it would im­me­di­ately raise the pro­file of these prob­lems, added Mr. Far­rell, who re­leased a lengthy pro­posal about such a coun­cil from the com­mis­sion.

“I am con­vinced to­day that we have a na­tional cri­sis, a na­tional se­cu­rity is­sue, a state-ofe­mer­gency is­sue and a nation at risk. If any­body can­not un­der­stand that, as we talk about in­vest­ments and the re­turn on those in­vest­ments, which are

The fig­ures are stark: Com­pared to girls, boys are less ed­u­cated and more med­i­cated. One in five men of prime work­ing age is not work­ing. Men have a life ex­pectancy five years shorter than women. Male sui­cide rates start out equal to fe­males, but steadily rise over the life­span.

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