Who and What: A multi-partisan Coalition of 35 nationally-known scholars and practitioners request that President Trump create a White House Council on Boys and Men.
Why: A nationwide crisis of boys and men already exists. The Coalition identifies five components:
- Education: Worldwide, boys are 50 percent less likely than girls to meet basic proficiency in reading, math and science. Yet male teachers, recess, and vocational education are being curtailed in the U.S.
- Jobs: Cut-backs in vocational education leave boys who are not academically inclined unemployed. Japan’s vocational programs result in 99.6% employment.
- Fatherlessness: A third of boys are raised in father-absent homes; yet boys and girls with significant father involvement do better in more than 70 areas.
- Physical health: In 1920, American males lived only one year less than females; today, it is five years less. Yet federal offices of boys and men’s health are non-existent.
- Emotional health: Between ages 13 and 20, as boys feel the pressures of the male role, boys’ suicide rate soars from equal to girls,’ to five times girls’.
Each of the five crisis components is potentially handled by a different department of the government; therefore coordination and prioritization is best handled at the White House level.
Short-Term Investment/ Long-Term Savings: Savings: about a trillion dollars per year. For example, mass shooters, ISIS recruits and male prisoners are more than 90% dad-deprived boys. Quality-of-Life Savings: Priceless.
Timing: Fed Chair Powell has just identified the crisis of young American males as one of the two biggest threats to the America’s economic future.
For more information contact the WHCBM Steering Committee:
Coalition Chair: Dr. Warren Farrell
Phil Cook, Treasurer, WHCBM