Isn't the idea of equality so that people can be... equal? Isn't the whole idea of affirmative action and so-called non-discrimination laws so that one group does not have an advantage over another? Not if you are Barack Obama, who seems to think that it's ok for one group (women) to have more graduations than another group (men), and that those statistics are "good for America."
In an op-ed published in Newsweek, Obama reflects on the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the law which lead to increased athletic scholarships for women and other educational opportonities.
Today, thanks in no small part to the confidence and determination they developed through competitive sports and the work ethic they learned with their teammates, girls who play sports are more likely to excel in school. In fact, more women as a whole now graduate from college than men. This is a great accomplishment--not just for one sport or one college or even just for women but for America. And this is what Title IX is all about.
As noted by Terence Jeffrey in a story on CNSNews.com, "According to the Census Bureau, 685,000 men and 916,000 women graduated from college in 2009 (the latest year for which statistics have been published). That means 25 percent fewer men received college degrees than women."
In the nationwide collegiate class of 1975, which started college before Title IX was implemented, the males graduating from college outnumbered females, 505,000 to 418,000--meaning 17 percent fewer women graduated than men.
By 1985, according to Census Bureau data, the number of women graduating from college each year was outstripping the number of men. In that year, about 497,000 women graduated from college and 483,000 men. That gave women a margin over men of almost 3 percent.
In every year since 1985, according to the Census Bureau, women have outnumbered men in graduating from college, with women dramatically expanding their advantage over men in receiving college diplomas to the 25 percent advantage they achieved in 2009.
Does this sounds like 40 years of "equal education" as Obama describes?