Friday, January 7, 2011

Title IX investigations are generally a waste of time and money

Just nine months ago the feds closed an 18-month case against the Orange County Schools for supposedly shortchanging girls athletic teams. The U.S. Office for Civil Rights investigated gender equity in the district's athletics programs and found the complaint to be groundless. Again, it took a year and a half for them to investigate and find the complaint groundless.

Now the feds are coming after the Wake County Schools based on an accusation from the National Women’s Law Center that Wake and 11 other school systems across the country have failed to provide high school girls with equal opportunities as boys to play interscholastic sports.

Title IX was a commendable venture when it started in 1972. There were few opportunities for girl athletes. Now that there are lots of opportunities, radical feminist groups like the National Women's Law Center are unnecessarily politicizing Title IX and pushing it to the extremes.

What they and the feds don't want to admit is that men and women are different. While women outnumber men about 60 percent to 40 percent in society, men care more about athletics in general than women. They watch sports more and they play sports more. They have more interest in sports and they are generally better at sports than women. Take the best male athlete and the best female athlete in any sport and compare.

Colleges are especially hurt by Title IX today. Many more women are attending universities today than they did in 1972. So, the percentage of women's teams have had to increase yet men remain more interested in athletics than women. Over a 15-year period in the '90s and '2000s, something like 6,000 opportunities for women were added while something like 20,000 opportunities for men were lost.

Schools are forced to field women's teams at the expense of men's teams because of overzealous social engineering. Benefitting a handful of female students at the expense of a bunch of male students doesn't seem fair to me. And Title IX was meant to be about fairness, wasn't it?

Fielding women's teams where there is no wide interest of potential players or little interest of fans creates a financial burden on athletic budgets.

If a high school or college has 60 percent females, do they really need 60 percent of the athletic opportunites? If you take 100 women and 100 men and ask them about their interests, I bet more than 90 percent of the men would include sports in their first two or three interests whereas I bet the number of women including sports would be half that, especially when you are talking about playing sports. Yet females have to have more of the sports opportunities?

A 10-year-old case against the Tacoma, Wash. school district has been recently settled. Someone wasn't happy that while the school district had 51 percent males, 57 percent of athletes in the district were males. Today, athletic participation by males is 50 percent. So, you would think that men and women are equally interested in sports. In order to placate the feds, girls' teams are now fielded in water polo, wrestling and, get this, bowling. There are 12 girls' athletic teams now and 10 boys' athletic teams. Really? So, are girls now suddenly more interested in sports than boys?

I haven't seen the big drumbeat for women's wrestling but I guess if you dress 'em up like the ones on TV, you'll at least have some male fans showing up to watch.

At my son's preschool, not one teacher or administrator is male. I assume this is because of a disproportionate interest of females to have those jobs and not some plot against men. But maybe I should call the feds in for an 18-month investigation just to make sure.

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