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Good Op-ed in New York Times Today


Christina Hoff Sommers has an interesting op-ed in the New York Times today, on “Boys at the Back,” with the teaser description, “Boys are being left behind in educational advancement. We need to address the reasons.” I appended this comment: “I suspect the fact that more and more children are being raised in homes without a father is a factor, too. This is not a good thing for boys or girls, but the rising illegitimacy rate is probably a particular problem for the former. If that’s true, then you would expect to see the boys-girls disparity as worse in those demographics that have higher illegitimacy rates, and sure enough the op-ed here singles out ‘black, Latino and lower-income kids.’ Note that 72 percent of African Americans now are born out of wedlock, and more than half of Hispanics; and Kay Hymowitz, Charles Murray, and others have documented how, increasingly, illegitimacy is becoming the norm in lower class, but not upper class, families across racial lines.”