Why Are Fewer Men Pursuing Higher Education?

Men and Education


On average, universities across the United States see a 60/40 split between women and men. It seems as if fewer men pursue degrees, so what can Christians do to encourage young men to seek out a higher education? Collin Hansen interviews Dr. Phil Ryken, President of Wheaton College, on the topic of men in higher education. Phil addresses the issue and shares what he did as a father to pass on a love of learning to his sons. 



Phil said that since fewer men attend and graduate college, or go on to earn higher degrees, there’s a potential for the social dynamic to change. He believes women should pursue education, but he also sees the need for men to step up. 

What do you think of Phil’s opinion on men in education? Do you agree? Why or why not?
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Phil listed some ways he instilled a love of learning in his sons. Which of his recommendations stood out to you? Why?
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What could you do to pass on a love of learning to the younger male generation this week?
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 Encourage the young men in your life to continue in their education. Teach them the power of knowledge and its role in leadership. Pray that God would lead them through life in grace, truth, and wisdom.


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