Monday, July 13, 2009

Taiwan's Educational, Employment Gender Gap; The Mancession Goes Global

TCS DAILY -- A major problem facing Taiwan is that boys there do not perform nearly as well as girls in reading. As an educational researcher, I have been trying to understand why.

Research shows that students who view reading as a pleasurable activity tend to read more frequently. Research also shows that reading more frequently is one of the best ways to improve reading skills. It's not surprising, then, that the average reading score for Taiwanese fourth graders on the most recent Progress in International Reading Literacy Study was 13 points higher for girls (compared to boys), and the average reading score for Taiwanese 15-year-olds on the most recent PISA was 21 points higher for girls (than for boys).

Since 1998, more Taiwanese women have been enrolled in higher education than men. The proportion of educated women has increased each year while the proportion of educated men has decreased. The research is clear: greater reading skills equates to greater success in school. The consequences are also clear: if something isn't done to improve boys' reading skills in Taiwan, then fewer and fewer boys will continue on to higher education.

As jobs that require little education have increasingly diminished, more and more men have become unemployed. Since 1996, male unemployment rates in Taiwan have been significantly higher than those of females. This unemployment rate gender gap has widened over the years and is partially responsible for Taiwan's unemployment rate hitting a record high this year (see chart above).

MP: The
gender degree gap and the mancession are apparently not isolated to the U.S., they are both becoming global phenomena.


At 7/13/2009 6:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As jobs that require little education have increasingly diminished

I would argue that it is credentials, not education, that jobs require more of.

At 7/13/2009 7:13 PM, Blogger sethstorm said...

As for the PISA tests, it's a worthless test aside from using it for anti-US ideological positions.

Besides, Taiwan is known for junk hardware anyway - much like their slave-labor neighbors. At the worst, it's feminists gone amok and in need of a humbling.

As jobs that require little education have increasingly diminished

I'd bank on requiring the use of partial-requirement candidates and prioritizing the lowest functioning citizen over any international. Then allow for training to make up the difference.

That way, you can't write requirements that lock out US citizens.

At 7/13/2009 8:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Move to Venus, sethstorm. I understand that planet treats all life forms equally.

No living creature there is hungry, afraid, lonely, poor, maltreated, enslaved, unemployed, uneducated, or discriminated against. Health care is provided for all. Every creature's standard of living is the same. Every job is a high paying union job with generous benefits.

There is no crime, no racism, no capital punishment, and no war. Females of all species can have all the abortions they want, but they neither want nor need any because contraception is also free. In fact, everything on Venus is free!

Except for all the global warming, which no one there seems to complain about, it's a socialist paradise.

At 7/14/2009 11:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it is possible that what the study is not capturing is that what is expected of Taiwanese boys and girls are different. e.g. the boys are expected to excel in math & science, as where there girls are not as supported, so it would not be a surprising outcome that the girls would score higher.

But higher than what? MAybe the boys scores are good, but the girls' scores are that much higher.

Lastly, the "parachute kids", all teh boys sent from Taiwan to study in the US, Canada, and Australia; they are not counted and disproportionately the boys are sent. It is not seen as a good investment to invest resources in the girls if money scarce, not because they view the girls as inferior, but that the girls are expected to get married and become a part of the husbands family.

So, sons are the better investment to support the parents as it is expected that they do so.


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