20 Jul 2009 Outrage of the Day: Administration Considering Forcing Men Out of Science, Engineering and Math Classes
The Obama Administration is considering the possibility of applying Title IX of the Civil Rights Act to force colleges and universities to mandate that half of all students taking science, engineering, math and technology classes be female.
Since it is illegal to force women to take these classes, the most practical response to this mandate by colleges would be to limit male enrollment in these courses.
Title IX is the law under which numerous men’s college sports programs were closed so that the number of women and men participating in college sports programs could be made equal.
An article in BusinessWeek in 2004, “America’s Failure in Science Education” by William C. Symonds, says America already has a shortage of science and technology graduates and explains how this shortage hurts the nation.
I’d suggest that President Obama might want to read it, but as he said at a March 24, 2009 press conference that “if we’re not making serious investments in science and technology and our infrastructure, then we won’t grow 2.6 percent, we won’t grow 2.2 percent. We won’t grow,” I guess he already knows.
Hat tips: Steve Moore of the Wall Street Journal and Walter Olson on Overlawyered.