Day: September 14, 2010

Educational Reality: Women Surpass Men At All Levels Of Degrees!

A growing trend in recent years has now become even more evident: Women in much greater numbers are attending colleges and universities, and finishing bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees at greater rates than men in most fields!

This is a fantastic development for women, and can be attributed to their work ethic, their ambition, their realization of the need to be self supporting, and their level of maturity and responsibility!

But at the same time, this is a sad commentary on what is happening nationwide to college age males, who more than ever are delaying or totally skipping higher education, and instead choosing to go into the military or learn a trade if they are responsible, or unfortunately, in many cases, going from low wage job to low wage job and thinking of work as a means to just meet minimum responsibilities and concentrate on having fun, therefore demonstrating lack of responsibility and maturity! 🙁

This poor attitude on the part of males may be connected to the fact that many have not had a father in their lives, or if so, not a good role model! It is also partly the attitude that many males seem to have, that it is not “cool” to be a good student and to be educated!

It makes one wonder if many women now foresee a future of a career without children, as the normal view is that women wish to marry up in social and economic terms, and that may not be possible with the growing poor attitude toward work, education and career being demonstrated by many in the younger generation of males! 🙁

This is indeed a long range problem for America–the lack of ambition of many young men who think life is just partying and fun! If it continues, it is the downfall of traditional American values! 🙁

Theodore Roosevelt: Do Republicans Appreciate Or Repudiate Him Today?

Today, September 14, happens to be the 109th anniversary of the accession of Republican Theodore Roosevelt to the Presidency, upon the death of President William McKinley, assassinated by the anarchist and terrorist Leon Czolgosz!

T. R.’s impact on the Presidency and on American history is massive, and his accession in 1901 transformed the country in so many ways, and the fact that the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001 occurred exactly one century later minus three days is, to say the least, weird and eery! 🙂

The question that arises is whether the Republican Party admires T. R. today, and basically, it seems clear that MOST Republicans would criticize him, because of his promotion of Presidential power, because of his advocacy of “progressive” reform including regulation of corporations, and his support of a major world role for America!

Glenn Beck and other conservatives have treated T. R. as someone to be condemned, and yet in polls of experts, he is rated usually Number Four, right behind Lincoln, FDR, and Washington!

And certainly he is seen by the American people as one of the more famous and popular Presidents, and his youth and vigor inspires many people!

And of course, he was an environmentalist, which thrills many Democrats and liberals, but angers many Republicans and conservatives!

Of course, the true evaluation of T. R. continues to evolve, but it is worth noting that his impact on us was so significant, that research and evaluation of the 26th President will not be coming to an end any time soon, if indeed ever!