Looking Back At The Girls Crisis (2 Updates)
Haven't already made up your mind about the AAUW report on the "boys crisis"? The Chronicle's Peter Schmidt revisits the history of the AAUW's efforts to promote the "girls crisis" in a blog post (Derailing Efforts to Help Troubled Boys) that you might want to check out.
Schmidt writes about affirmative action for the Chronicle and -- pointing to writing he did for EdWeek and the Weekly Standard -- suggests that the AAUW's work on behalf of the girls crisis in the early 1990s may be one of the most effective examples of advo-research in recent education history. I don't know Schmidt, but if his reporting holds up it's pretty damning stuff.
Meanwhile, I'm still taking lots of heat for suggesting that the mainstream news coverage of the recent AAUW report was shoddy and that journalists (including women) aren't capable of the ideal of journalistic objectivity that is promoted within journalism (Women's Group Says Boys Not In Crisis; Female Reporters Agree). Bad Alexander.
UPDATE: Over at the Online Journalism Review, USA Today's Richard Whitmire admires the AAUW for it's surprising success pulling the wool over reporters' eyes.
UPDATE 2: The AAUW report is off the mark says Andywonk. But not because it's self-serving advo-research. In fact, it makes some good points. But overall it's wrong. Graduation ceremonies. Saramead.