More football, more boys struggling?
On ESPN.com today, writer Gregg Easterbrook offers his take on why women are swamping men in college. Maybe, he offers, it has something to do with rising numbers of boys playing prep football:
Having ever-more boys being bashed on the head in football, while more play full-pads tackle at young ages, may be causing brain trauma that makes boys as a group somewhat less likely to succeed as students. In the highly competitive race for college admissions, even a small overall medical disadvantage for boys could matter. More important, the increasing amount of time high school boys devote to football may be preventing them from having the GPA and extracurriculars that will earn them regular admission to college when recruiters don't come calling. (Image from nbcsports.msnbc.com)