Here are the numbers:
- 21 percent have learning disabilities
- 7 times more likely to have ADHD
- 65 percent graduate high school
- 44 percent are undergrads in college
- 42 percent are in graduate school
- 10.3 percent seriously consider suicide
- 4.6 percent attempt suicide
- 27 percent are heavy drinkers
- 30 percent use tobacco
- 29 percent have carried a weapon
- 1o percent under age 13 have had sex
- 11 percent tried marijuana before age 13
- 63 percent have had sex by the time they are high school seniors
What a list of numbers, what a shocking value and depending on what label I attach the the list will determine your reaction to the list. If I were to say that the list represents African-American’s we would be outraged, if it represented females we would scream sexism. If I were to tell you this was research from an third world nation we would say we expected this.
But if I tell you this is the numbers of our boy, here in America, most would just set it aside, think nothing more of it. Were is the outrage, were is the cry of unfair treatment. Lets look at some of the numbers again, using a comparison to girls here in America.
- 72 percent of girls graduate from high school and only 65 percent of boys
- 56 percent of undergraduates are girls and only 44 percent are boys
- 24 percent of girls admit to drinking heavily as opposed to 27 percent of boy
- 21 percent of girls use tobacco 30 percent boys
- 4 percent of girls under age of 13 compared to 10 percent of boys under 13 have had sexual intercourse
- 5 percent verses 11 percent of boys under the are of 13 tried marijuana
So I ask you one more time, were is the outraged, why are we not taking to the streets demanding that we save our boys. There are some who say, it’s about time, that girls have, for far to long, lived in the shadows of boys. And others that would say, someone has to win, why not the girls.
It saddens me to see our country like this, and trust me, there are a lot of things that make me sad about this county, but that is for another blog. This one is about the missing cry, the lost tear for our sons.
Have we gotten to a point in our evolution were boys are tossed to the sideline, all in the name of feminism? Have we gotten to the point in our history were we are willing to let one segment of our population got the sidelines? In some respects we have already gotten there, we have already created a class of citizens that are disposable. We have taught our sons and daughters that life is of no real value, that we can “terminate” life anytime we choose, so why are we surprised that we are willing, as a nation, to allow our boys to die a slow death.
America is a nation that is on the verge of a great change. We are standing at the edge of the cliff that will tumble us over the edge in to a future that will forever alter our great nation.
We just dint arrive here, we have been walking towards this cliff for years, taking very small steps. But as of late, our step has quickened, we are taking giant steps towards the edge. For the first time in our history we are about to step over the edge… to plunge in to the abyss…
The problem of our boys, the numbers above show that we as a nation have turned in to a nation of micro-issues. We grab on to “hot” issues and “fix” them, often times at the expense of others. We look at the single issue ignoring the multiple issues that are connected to it, that surround it.
To fix the fact that girls lagged behind in school, we tossed the boy to the side. We set up programs that directly hurt boys in the name of helping girls. We looked at the singular and not seeing the multiple.
Someone has to loose right? Someone needs to pay for the inequities we created, so why not our boys?
Look at the men we are creating, they use, to be boys, look around you, and ask yourself, why do we have families with out fathers, were did all the men go? I’ll tell you, we educated it out of them, all in the name of creating a fair and level playing field. Problem is, it was not fair nor was it level. We are not paying the price for it.
read the numbers above one more time, look at the percentages and ask yourself, were is the outrage?