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Expert panel discusses ‘why boys fail’

Lynn Gangone, dean of the Women’s College, will be featured on an education-focused panel of experts discussing the issue of a gap between female and male educational achievement.

Over the past couple of decades, women have begun to outnumber men on college campuses by a ratio of about 60-to-40. Women are also more likely to stay in college and obtain undergraduate degrees.

Richard Whitmire, author of Why Boys Fail (AMACOM, 2010) asserts that boys lack the literacy skills to compete in the “information age.” The book, combined with educational statistics, has been generating discussions among K-12 and higher education administrators and educators about the need to address the issue.

Besides Gangone, the segment will feature Dottie Lamm, former Colorado first lady and Women’s College adjunct professor; Tim Foster (JD ’84), president of Mesa State College and former head of the Colorado Commission on Higher Education; and Rico Munn (JD ’96), former executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education.

Doug Price, president and CEO of Rocky Mountain PBS, will host the panel.

“That fact that girls are thriving is not the cause of boys not doing well,” Gangone says. “We need a balanced view that looks more closely at how to support both girls and boys in improving educational outcomes.”

The panel will appear on “Colorado Quarterly” on Rocky Mountain PBS at 7:30 p.m. MST on Jan. 28; 5:30 a.m., Jan. 30; and 12:30 a.m., Jan. 31. It also will be streamed online on the Rocky Mountain PBS website after the first broadcast.

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