FATHERHOOD & EDUCATION SURVEY, or "Thank God for Jordan"

Exploring the Link Between Fatherlessness and the Decline of US Education to Just Ahead of Jordan

 

In an effort to explain how the US has managed to slip from first place in math education 3 decades ago to today just slightly ahead of Jordan and behind most of the industrialized world (and 37% behind KOREA) today, a survey of the Signatories to the FATHERS' MANIFESTOsm was conducted in November 1995. Following are the results:

79% agree that "1.7) The THREE-FOLD increase in the rate of fatherlessness played a key role in the decline of the US educational system"

FATHERLESSNESS AND AFFIRMATIVE ACTION SURVEY






I) Per the College Entrance Examination Board, NY, NATIONAL COLLEGE-BOUND

SENIOR, annual, between 1967 and 1989:



	A)  Total SAT scores declined by 55 points.

	B)  The gender gap in SAT Math widened from 17.6% to 18.1%



II) Per the American College Testing Program (ACT) SCORES AND 

CHARACTERISTICS OF COLLEGE-BOUND STUDENTS, between 1967 and 1989:



	A)  ACT Math scores declined by 13.8%.

	B)  The gender gap in ACT Math widened from 12.2% to 13.7%.



III) Per the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, ELEMENTARY-

SECONDARY STAFF INFORMATION (EEO-5), bienniel, between 1982 and

1992, the number of educators (excluding administrators and principals) 

changed by:



	A) Males		Decreased by 95,000 teachers

	B) Females		Increased by 384,000 teachers

				(And increased by 972,000 since 1970)



IV) Per the PHI DELTA KAPPAN, March 1995, V76, N7, P566(2) the number of

students taking the "Advanced Placement Test" increased while "average

scores declined only minimaly" [note that this data was not broken down

by gender, but those who take the APT are in the higher range of math

skills]:



	1978	96,000 students

	1994	450,000 students



V) Per BRAIN SEX, David Jessel, Delta Publisher, 1992, page 89, Johns 

Hopkins study -- math gender gap of girls and boys in the ages 11-13 

increases with age while the ratio of the number of boys to girls in 

each test range increases with higher test scores:



Points   Ratio

         Boys:girls



420+    1.5:1

500       2:1

600       4:1

700      13:1





VI) Per the Harvard Educational Review, Fall 1992, Howard Wainer, the

distribution of the median SAT Math scores of 46,920 students in each of

five college math courses, separated by college math grades and gender is:



College Grade   SAT		Number  Number	%	%

_____________	Score		Men     Women	Men     Women

Men	Women



A 		(592 & up)       5,693	0	22.0%	0%

B 		(575-591)        7,357	0	28.4%	0%

C 	A	(549-574)        6,931	5,144	26.8%	.5%

D 	B	(532-548)        2,881	6,383	11.1%	30.4%

F 		(524-531)        3,030	0	11.7%	0%

	C	(493-523)          0	5,394	0%  	25.7%

	D	(476-492)          0	2,235	0%  	10.6%

	F	(475 & Below)      0	1,872	0%  	9%





VII) Per the US Census Bureau "WASHINGTON -- In 1970, 12 percent of kids

under 18 lived under a single-parent family;  in 1995, 36 percent of kids

live this way" -- representing a THREE-FOLD increase in the rate of

fatherlessness.



VIII) Per the US Bureau of Labor Statisics, the number of government

workers has quadrupled in the last 3 decades.









With this data in mind, how would you respond to the following questions 

regarding the last 3 decades?:







1.1) Affirmative Action (aa) played a key role in the reduction of the 

number of male teachers.

45% -- A) strongly agree

18% -- B) agree

7% --  C) neither agree nor disagree

30% -- D) disagree

0% --   E) strongly disagree



1.2) Feminism played a key role in implementing government subsidies like

aa.

62% -- A) strongly agree

26% -- B) agree

12% -- C) neither agree nor disagree

0% --  D) disagree

0% --  E) strongly disagree



1.3) The reduction in the number of male teachers played a key role in 

the decline of the US educational system.

46% -- A) strongly agree

19% -- B) agree

17% -- C) neither agree nor disagree

9% --  D) disagree

9% --  E) strongly disagree



1.4) The decline in the US educational system played a key role in our

economic decline.

55% -- A) strongly agree

37% -- B) agree

8% --  C) neither agree nor disagree

0% --  D) disagree

0% --  E) strongly disagree



1.5) The THREE-FOLD increase in the rate of fatherlessness played a key

role in our social pathology.

91% -- A) strongly agree

0% --  B) agree

0% --  C) neither agree nor disagree

9% --  D) disagree

0% --  E) strongly disagree



1.6) Feminism played a key role in the THREE-FOLD increase in the rate of

fatherlessness.

73% -- A) strongly agree

27% -- B) agree

0% --  C) neither agree nor disagree

0% --  D) disagree

0% --  E) strongly disagree



1.7) The THREE-FOLD increase in the rate of fatherlessness played a key

role in the decline of the US educational system.

62% -- A) strongly agree

17% -- B) agree

0% --  C) neither agree nor disagree

9% --  D) disagree

12% -- E) strongly disagree



1.8) The widening of the gender gap in all math scores is an indication

that affirmative action has failed.

44% -- A) strongly agree

19% -- B) agree

10% -- C) neither agree nor disagree

0% --  D) disagree

27% -- E) strongly disagree



1.9) The declining math skills of teachers played a key role in the decline

of the US educational system.

55% -- A) strongly agree

45%-- B) agree

0% --  C) neither agree nor disagree

0% --  D) disagree

0% --  E) strongly disagree



2.0) The declining quality of education played a key role in the four-fold

increase in the number of government employees.

37% -- A) strongly agree

35% -- B) agree

0% --  C) neither agree nor disagree

8% --  D) disagree

20% -- E) strongly disagree



2.1) The decrease in math scores is an indication that affirmative action

has failed.

46% -- A) strongly agree

9% --  B) agree

9% --  C) neither agree nor disagree

19% -- D) disagree

18% -- E) strongly disagree



2.2) Feminism played a key role in the quadrupling of the number of 

government workers.

36% -- A) strongly agree

44% -- B) agree

11% -- C) neither agree nor disagree

9% --  D) disagree

0% --  E) strongly disagree



2.3) Fatherlessness played a key role in the quadrupling of the number of

government workers.

37% -- A) strongly agree

28% -- B) agree

19% -- C) neither agree nor disagree

16% -- D) disagree

0% --  E) strongly disagree



2.4) Making government responsive and more efficient requires a three

quarter reduction in the number of government employees.

64% -- A) strongly agree

19% -- B) agree

27% -- C) neither agree nor disagree

0% --  D) disagree

0% --  E) strongly disagree



2.5) Reducing the size of government requires testing which assures that

the most qualified upper one quarter of government employees are retained.

65% -- A) strongly agree

18% -- B) agree

9% --  C) neither agree nor disagree

8% --  D) disagree

0% --  E) strongly disagree



2.6) Math skills should be a key part of this testing.

46% -- A) strongly agree

47% -- B) agree

7% --  C) neither agree nor disagree

0% --  D) disagree

0% --  E) strongly disagree



2.7) SAT and ACT math scores are biased against females.

0% -- A) strongly agree

8% --  B) agree

26% -- C) neither agree nor disagree

19% -- D) disagree

47% -- E) strongly disagree



2.8) The above data suggests that boys are discriminated against in our

educational system.

19% -- A) strongly agree

20% -- B) agree

37% -- C) neither agree nor disagree

18% -- D) disagree

6% --  E) strongly disagree



2.9) Such objective math tests are not a good indicator of someone's math

skills.

0% --  A) strongly agree

8% --  B) agree

34% -- C) neither agree nor disagree

30% -- D) disagree

28% -- E) strongly disagree



3.0) It is sexist to suggest that males have better math skills than

females.

34% -- A) strongly agree

8% --  B) agree

17% -- C) neither agree nor disagree

19% -- D) disagree

22% -- E) strongly disagree



3.1) It should be illegal to quote statisics which highlight such gender

differences.

8% --  A) strongly agree

10% -- B) agree

18% -- C) neither agree nor disagree

19% -- D) disagree

45% -- E) strongly disagree



3.2) First Amendment rights to free speech should not apply to discussions

regarding such gender differences.

7% --  A) strongly agree

8% --  B) agree

19% -- C) neither agree nor disagree

9% --  D) disagree

57% -- E) strongly disagree



3.3) Raising such questions will only embarass the US and will not help to

identify the problem nor to formulate a solution.

17% -- A) strongly agree

26% -- B) agree

8% --  C) neither agree nor disagree

12% -- D) disagree

37% -- E) strongly disagree



3.4) If these gender differences are valid, then financial compensation to

males should be proportionately higher than to females.

38% -- A) strongly agree

19% -- B) agree

25% -- C) neither agree nor disagree

10% -- D) disagree

8% --  E) strongly disagree



3.5) It would be "reverse discrimination" to "equally" compensate 2 

different employees when one has a 17.5% higher math skill.

37% -- A) strongly agree

10% -- B) agree

16% -- C) neither agree nor disagree

37% -- D) disagree

0% --  E) strongly disagree





 

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