New resource will try to help close state's college gender gap

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  • Ann Amberly Greenbelt, MD
    Sept. 8, 2012 2:44 p.m.

    Women's education is key in promoting healthy, educated children. As Brigham Young said, if you have a choice to educate a girl or a boy, educate the girl, for she will educate the generations to come. Thus it is sadly ironic that Utah boasts the largest gap in the nation in female degree attainment.

    Some blame it on LDS culture, which teaches girls that education is Plan B for them, only to be used in case of the death or her husband or a divorce. I have seen too many good LDS women and their children thrust into dire poverty because their birth family taught them education was only a backup plan for girls. But LDS General Authorities promote women's education! This gap is cultural, not doctrinal in nature.

    In addition, we simply cannot waste these incredibly talented young women. God gave them talents and insights to bless their communities, but it is as if our culture is telling them to go "bury those talents." Let's educate those girls so that they can contribute their God-given talents in a magnified way.

    Utah, in my opinion, should be aiming for the lowest gap between the sexes!

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Sept. 5, 2012 11:26 p.m.

    Some people are trouble makers, always trying to find something that's unfair. Doesn't anybody ever get tired of this?

    We should make water fountains that fit left handed people.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 5, 2012 1:07 p.m.

    How about eliminating pointless general classes or giving the students the option to take those additional courses or moving on to their desired degree? We could cut the time spent at the University to earn a bachelors by 2-3 years.

    That's a huge savings to the taxpayer, student, school. Then they can focus the resources and time in earning something higher than a bachelores or specialize in a few areas.

    Maybe bring the general courses to high school level, and skip out on many of those pointless classes and take the College ones instead....

    Just saying...

  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    Sept. 5, 2012 12:15 p.m.

    In the rest of the country women are getting more degrees than men. That's weird.

    I think there are lots of things that may be the cause, don't just throw money at it. It's called the Yule-Simpson effect and every American should be aware of it because it's the most missued use of statistics there is. Newspapers and special interest groups just love to abuse it.

    When I was a young man there were absolutly NO scholarships I qualified for even though I was dirt poor. I didn't even qualify for grants or loans at the time because my parents wouldn't co-sign.

    But I saw lots of scholarships for girls just for being girls. I'm just saying, if there really is descrimination deal with it but there's at least two whole generation of men getting NO help at all because it's percieved that they allready have all the advantages in the world due to the generation ahead of them having favorable statistics.

    Can we just treat people as people for once? I sincerely doubt women in Utah are being desciminated against in going to college.

  • Chuck E. Racer Lehi, UT
    Sept. 5, 2012 9:03 a.m.

    The reality is not that Utah is failing women. It's that Utah is doing better than the nation with helping men succeed. Our women are doing just as well as anywhere else. The war against males in education has really beat down the graduation and attendance rates of males across the nation, just not so much in Utah. We should be highlighting Utah's success.

    Too often when a "gap" is targeted by government, whether it is with race or gender, the solution for "solving the problem" doesn't end up raising the lower group, but rather in lowering the higher group.

  • Jess29 SANDY, UT
    Sept. 4, 2012 11:35 p.m.

    I am glad that efforts are being made to get more Utah women to graduate college. Though for some young women, college just isn't right for them. The same thing happens with young men. Though I agree that quitting college once you get married is a little extreme. I do think we somehow drill into girls' minds that marriage and motherhood is the end all when in fact they are only going to be raising young children for a very small portion of their life. We should be preparing young women for careers even if they take a few years off to raise young children if they are in the fortunate circumstances to do so.