“Between 1970 and 2005, the gender composition has shifted to the extent that women now make up the majority—54 percent—of the 10.8 million young adults enrolled in college,” according to a report from the Population Reference Bureau. But according to the 2010 census, Population Reference Bureau . But according to the 2010 census , the country today is 50.8 percent female and 49.2 percent male. If we’re going to have equality of outcome, we’d better get busy lowering admission standards for men or booting women out of college.
That sounds crazy, but it’s exactly what schools have done: Get rid of men’s athletic teams in an attempt to even up the numbers . That’s a big reason sports such as wrestling and men’s gymnastics are disappearing from campus.
“Over the past 30 years, college wrestling has lost 45 percent of its Division I teams,” The Washington Post reported recently . “Men’s gymnastics has been hit even harder, with just 16 Division I teams remaining from the 59 that existed in 1981-82. That’s a drop of nearly 73 percent.” Enjoy the 2012 Olympics, since the U.S. may never be competitive in these men's sports again.
It’s time to take a more adult approach and realize that men and women are different, with different attitudes and desires. One survey, for example, found that “women tend to value higher education more highly than men do and believe it has had a more positive impact on their lives,” as The Chronicle of Higher Education reported last year.
And our attitude toward education has changed. A few years back I was talking with an extremely successful woman in her 60s. Her two brothers went to college; she and her sister didn’t. Their father thought his daughters’ job was to get married.
Her daughters, on the other hand, did go to college.
For me, I hope my daughter will play soccer, softball, baseball, lacrosse and more. But if she does, it’ll be because she wants to. And she’ll succeed (or fail) in sports (and in life) based on her effort and ability, not on her sex.