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What about the boys? : Où sont les garçons? : Aperçu des tendances parmi les deux sexes dans le secteur de l'éducation et sur le marché du travail en Ontario

2010

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Ontario's educational sector has experienced numerous changes in recent years, with increasing rates of participation in postsecondary education (PSE), declining secondary school drop-out rates, and strong performance by Ontario students on international academic assessments. Within these signs of progress, however, are indications that all students are not advancing equally (McMullen, 2004). The example that has attracted attention from the media as well as from educators and policy makers is the male population. Males have been referred to as the "new, disadvantaged minority" (Millar, 2008) and the "second sex" (Conlin, 2003). In the United States, a male high school student sued his school district, claiming that schools routinely discriminate against males (Jan, 2006). More recently, the Toronto District School Board, the largest in Canada, proposed the development of a single-gender school, boys-only classes and "boy-friendly" instruction (Wingrove & Reinhart, 2009). The concept of affirmative action on behalf of males has been raised and opposed at Canadian universities (Millar, 2008; Coates & Keen, 2007). Is the male population becoming an under-represented group in postsecondary education, as some reports in the media seem to suggest?

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health gender higher education education school academic performance academic achievement employment literacy men students teachers university gender gap educational attainment college gender pay gap further education postsecondary education teaching and learning education quality and accountability office eqao admission educational attainment in the united states high school dropouts programme for international student assessment income gap single-gender gender identity in education

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