Boys in Peril
Literacy rates fall, dropout rates rise. What it means to us.
Think this kind of talk is just “alarmist” in nature? Consider these facts:
55% of College students are Girls, 45% are Boys.
11th-grade Boys now read and write at the level of 8th-grade girls. 30 years ago there was no difference.
In U.S. PIRLS tests, for reading proficiency, 4th-grade girls average 18 points above boys.
40% of fourth graders read below the basic level. 75% of them never rise above average.
By age 17, less than 6% of boys can read science, business and economic sections in the local newspaper.
90% of welfare recipients are high school dropouts.
90% of prison inmates in 2006 were men.
70% of prison inmates cannot read above a 4th-grade level.
In California, the percentage of children who never make it past the 4th-grade reading level is used to help gauge the number of future prisons.
66% of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare.
Since 1970, there has been a 700% increase in the U.S. prison population.
The cost for all the new inmates will be $27.5 billion by 2011.