"Gender equity" needs balance


The intense left-wing elements in our educational institutions and media seem preoccupied with "gender equity," in so much that women/girls should make up half of all, for example, university professorships ("Good equity practices reduce conflicts: report", UBC Reports, April 30).

But if proponents of "gender equity" truly do want equity between both genders, why are not these proponents demanding that half of all post-secondary student spaces be reserved for men/boys?

I fairly recently read a few articles in The Vancouver Sun which revealed that while pre-secondary female students are currently enthusiastically encouraged by their teachers to participate and succeed in school functions and scholarships, male students are left to fall behind.

How can there be true gender equality in our society while, according to these articles, there's a serious lack of male representation on high school honour rolls, scholarship lists, in awards received and in social-responsibility functions.

And feminists do a real disservice by dismissing the role that feminist ideology plays in the reduced achievements by today's male students.

If the feminist-minded educators desire real equal opportunity for male and female students, why are they not setting up quotas to make sure that male students represent half of the recipients of, for example, scholarships?

I hope that contemporary gender-issue revolutionaries can convince our education professionals of the danger involved in allowing to continue the large decline in male student educational achievements.

Such convincing, however, will likely encounter resistance from educators and other academics who are discouraged -- or who are discouraging others -- from speaking out against the academic neglect of male students, lest they be labelled anti-female.

Remember, these failing male students are our brothers, sons, grandsons, and nephews; let's make sure that they are not allowed to be left behind academically because they are male.

Frank G. Sterle
White Rock, B.C.

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