As a follow-up to yesterday’s post on the demise of guys, here’s an infographic on the changing demographics of higher education. As you can see, women now receive well over half of all degrees awarded, with a particularly large share of masters degrees.
This is, of course, one of those good news/bad news situations. The good news is that women are getting more opportunities in higher education and succeeding at higher rates. That’s outstanding. As the father of two daughters, I find it very encouraging to see how well women are doing in higher education. A generation of highly motivated and highly trained young women makes for an exciting vision of the future.
But, as we saw yesterday, some of this appears to be coming as a result of the poor performance of many young men. And that’s not so great. A generation of underperforming and undereducated young men does not speak well for where things are heading.
Now I realize that getting a degree isn’t the only way to pursue excellence. So don’t think I’m saying that any guy who doesn’t get a degree is a lazy loser. But when you see things shift this dramatically, it does raise significant questions about what’s happening with young men in America and why they are not doing well in higher education overall. (And, as Pat pointed out in a comment on yesterday’s post, it also raises questions about what kinds of losers my daughters may end up dating in the future. I’m still a couple years away from dealing with that, but I’m not looking forward to it. So if you’re a loser guy, please stay away and date someone else’s daughters. If you show up at my door, I will be forced to read systematic theology books to you until you go away.)