MEGHAN MCCAIN: I can’t fault American men for turning their backs on our universities in Wokery
Fewer and fewer men want to go to college. They are now lagging behind female students at record levels, according to a recent Wall Street Journal article. At the end of the 2021-2022 academic year, women made up 59.5% of students, a historic high, and men made up 40.5%. In total, US colleges and universities have 1.5 million fewer students than five years ago, and men account for 71% of the decline.
The main question that emerges from this study is: Why is the university and its intended experience effectively marketed to American women as necessary to advance in their lives, but not to American men?
There are all the obvious reasons why men are dropping out of college in a post-covid world. What was once thought to be an almost necessary next step in stepping into adulthood is now getting a second look. The rising cost of college leaves young adults in their twenties with hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt for degrees with little guarantee of employment afterwards.
Fewer and fewer men want to go to college. They are now lagging behind female students at record levels, according to a recent Wall Street Journal article. At the end of the 2021-2022 academic year, women made up 59.5% of students, a historic high, and men made up 40.5%. In total, US colleges and universities have 1.5 million fewer students than five years ago, and men account for 71% of the decline
And who wants to go to college when the social elements of the experience are missing – fraternities, sororities, and in-person learning – but is forced to do distance learning from their bedroom, all the while ending up paying the same. tuition fees only during regular preparatory courses. -the times of covid.
I have nothing against the Ivy League. I went to Columbia University and for the most part other than being part of what looked like four Republicans all over campus, I enjoyed my time there and really enjoyed it. – both educational and social – of what is considered one of America’s most prestigious institutions.
But attending an Ivy League school today tends to inspire a very different reaction than it once was. Like everything else in the Culture Wars, Ivy League degrees are now seen as synonymous with contempt for many Americans and inspire others with visceral contempt for the elites who believe it is their right to lead. our country.
Today’s college experience has already exported much of this culture war outside of the Ivy League – to less enthusiastic colleges and also to the companies and departments that now employ them.
I used to give speeches in colleges on a regular basis. But after an incident with particularly angry students who felt the very presence of a conservative woman on their campus offensive, I thought the whole experience was ultimately not worth the unbearableness of trying to reason with what seemed to be spoiled, radically overwhelmed children, not young adults about to confront society.
Comedians such as Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock have denounced the absurdity and the impossibility of trying to act in front of a college audience begging to be triggered.
While going to college was once a rite of passage for education and socialization and the foundation of a better career, now it feels more like a place of hysteria, irrationality, and language codes. , a place filled with landmines both in and out of the classroom.
Two white Arizona State University students forced out of “multicultural learning space” after activists challenged Police Lives Matter stickers on their laptops
The conservative cliché is that this is just one example of leftist professors indoctrinating naive youth. But in reality, the opposite seems to be true – it’s the students who are the aggressors, distorting and driving off campus even the tenured academics who send the wrong thoughts.
Try to voice any dissenting opinions as an academic on issues like Israel, President Trump, even trans women in sports and you are more likely to find yourself kicked out of the academy or as a viral figure on. Internet or both.
A recent video that went viral taken in my home state at Arizona State University showed two white male students sitting in a multicultural center studying when they were accosted by two women for being white males in the room and having a “blue life counts” (the slogan used to show support for law enforcement) on his computer.
A young man in the video looks both confused and then petrified, fear registering in his face as to what will happen when this video uploads to Youtube and makes him the national figure of hate and ridicule .
So it’s no wonder that men increasingly feel that colleges don’t want them. There is nothing worse than someone these days than a “privileged white man”.
A recent video that went viral taken in my home state at Arizona State University showed two white male students sitting in a multicultural center studying when they were accosted by two women for being white men in the room and having a “blue life counts” (the slogan used to show support for law enforcement) on her computer
I will present the same question that I raised in a previous column: who likes to live like this? Who wants to live and, in the case of college, learn on a campus that’s a repressive, humorless, angry space. And where having a diversity of opinions, making mistakes, or simply taking a stand against the grain in the face of big awakenings could literally ruin your life and your career when they’ve barely started?
We live entirely in two fractured Americas. Anyone who thinks differently hasn’t left New York or Los Angeles in the past four years. The wide national divide shouldn’t shock anyone who cares about it. People in the center of the country don’t trust those of us in the media, the vast majority of politicians and swamp creatures who run Washington DC, our financial institutions, or any of our institutions that claim to produce our elite class.
They feel judged, despised and looked down upon by the people who run our country and so many of those people who have attended elite institutions and seem to have only learned a new vocabulary to hate our country.
It seems natural that many young men as they reach adulthood don’t feel the urge to go to college when the people who run them don’t respect who they are or where they come from – and when women looking for a partner, they i don’t want to get married.
But it’s worse than that. As a 2019 study for the Journal of Marriage and Family found, this creates a serious problem for family formation.
The authors summarized their findings by writing: “Our study reveals the demographic reality of large deficits in the supply of suitable or well-suited men for single women today. At the very least, our empirical results indicate that the US marriage market is currently out of balance. The supply of single men is not in demographic balance with the demand for men to marry among currently single women in America. ‘
Simply put, there are too many eligible and educated women pursuing too few men with the same qualifications. A growing gender gap in our colleges will only make matters worse.
If there’s anything a generation of Millennials have learned from the upheaval of American families after years of high divorce rates, it’s that we understand how disturbing it is to have a country where the formation of families prove difficult, where the costs of having children and paying student debt discourages child rearing, and where socio-economic divisions discourage strong unions.
It is yet another way for people to remain tribal and divided, spending more and more of their lives as individuals rather than as families and neighborhoods.
So what happens from here? Institutions are getting even narrower in scope, the gender gap is growing – and America’s cultural gap is widening. There will be social consequences as there always are when giant cultural paradigm shifts occur. The result in this case is a nation weakened by the very institutions that are supposed to help produce the best and the brightest.