Published on March 28, 2014
The Deﬁcit Narrative of College Men: How Would Cardinal Newman Respond? Daniel A. Zepp Boston College
Small Group Conversation Ê Think of a male mentor Ê How were they unique? Ê Qualities/traits? Ê Behavior/actions? Ê What made them unique from other men? Ê How did they stand out? Ê What drew you to them? Ê How was their relationship transformative? Ê How did you change? Ê Is there a lasting impact on you today?
The Deﬁcit Narrative: Mainstream Media Depiction of Men Ê Where have all the good men gone? (WSJ) Ê Meet the unemployable man (WSJ) Ê Are men the new minority? (Newsweek) Ê Add this to the list: Boys are failing in education (K.C. Star) Ê The End of Men (Atlantic)
What do you see?
Men & Masculinities Research Ê Men are now more likely than women to hold only a high-‐ school diploma (Rosin, 2010) Ê For every two men who receive a college degree this year, three women will do the same (Rosin, 2010)
Men & Masculinities Research Ê Men are more likely to miss class, not come prepared, and not complete homework or turn it in late (Sax & Arms, 2006). Ê College men study less (Kellom, 2004) Ê Participate less frequently in study abroad (Kellom, 2004) Ê Engage in community service less, use career services and vote less often (Kellom, 2004).
Men & Masculinities Research Ê College men drink and party more often (Sax, 2008). Ê Spend more time playing sports and video games (Sax, 2008) Ê Overestimate their academic achievement (Sax, 2008)
Men & Masculinities Research Ê Men in general are three times more often the victims of violent crimes other than sexual assault, and suﬀer greater rates of depression (Pollack, 1999). Ê Higher suicide rate (Courtenay, McCreary, & Merighi, 2002). Ê Consume more alcohol and do so in more dangerous ways (Capraro, 2004). Ê More involved in campus judicial proceedings (Ludeman, 2004).
What do you make of this trend?
Dr. Shaun Harper “Beyond Bad News about Black Male Students”
Productive Conceptions of Masculinities Ê Dr. Shaun Harper – Black male student success in higher education Ê Dr. Frank Harris III – High achieving male-‐student athletes Ê Dr. Peter Folan – Boys schools Ê The Good Men Project Ê MaleStudies.org Ê Longwood, Schipper, Culbertson – Male Spiritual Lives
Uniquely Catholic Response Ê Men of faith at Catholic colleges and universities Ê Qualitative study Ê Why? Ê Religious and spiritual dimensions are productive conceptions of masculinities Ê Men with cultivated interior life are antithetical to traditional hegemonic notions of masculinity
Cardinal Newman Ê Analysis of the Christian Gentleman Ê Shorthand for “cultivated minds” Ê Bifurcation of Men Ê Extended adolescence Ê Men “are always more or less inaccurate, and too many, or rather the majority, remain boys all of their lives” Ê University as a place to rectify intellectual and moral sensibilities
Newman on Liberal Education Ê Often reduced to champion of liberal arts education Ê Education of the whole person Ê Fully alive human being Ê Enlargement of mind or “philosophical habit of mind” Ê Habitually reﬂective, synthetic, interdisciplinary mind Ê Lifetime learner
Newman on Personal Inﬂuence Ê “It has been upheld in the world not as a system, not by books, not by argument, nor by temporal power, but by the personal inﬂuence of such men as have already been described, who are at once the teachers and the patterns of it” Ê “An academical system without the personal inﬂuence of teachers upon pupil is an arctic winter; it will create an ice-‐ bound, petriﬁed, cast-‐iron University and nothing else”
Newman on Personal Inﬂuence Ê Oxford tutorial system Ê In the face of changing pedagogy Ê Professionalization of the academy Ê Pursuing knowledge as it own end Ê Dialogical, social, relational Ê Friendship, collegiality
What is your experience with men? Ê What works and doesn’t work with men on your campus? Ê Why does it work or not work? Ê What are challenges you face in gender programs or gender ideas?
Contact Information Ê Daniel A. Zepp Ê Boston College Ê Assistant Director, First Year Experience Ê Resident Minister, Campus Ministry & Residential Life Ê Ph.D. Student in Higher Education, Lynch School of Education Ê firstname.lastname@example.org Ê 617-‐552-‐0906
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