Wednesday, February 13, 2013

State of Union giving nod to helping the State of the Men of the Union?

So I've been reading the State of the Union Address (transcript here) given by President Obama and I have to say that things do look good for men.

Now mind you he doesn't seem to actually reference men directly that need help (because apparently to so actually hurts women). But that's fine. Men are speaking up and starting to move and shake and if the folks in power would rather continue sliding help to us under the table out of fear of looking like woman haters then so be it I guess.

Anyway. There are two places where men are really hurting. Jobs and education. It seems like Obama has plans that would address both issues.
When it comes to jobs here are things we can do, right now, to accelerate this trend. Last year, we created our first manufacturing innovation institute in Youngstown, Ohio. A once-shuttered warehouse is now a state-of-the art lab where new workers are mastering the 3-D printing that has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything. There’s no reason this can’t happen in other towns. 
So tonight, I’m announcing the launch of three more of these manufacturing hubs, where businesses will partner with the Departments of Defense and Energy to turn regions left behind by globalization into global centers of high-tech jobs. And I ask this Congress to help create a network of 15 of these hubs and guarantee that the next revolution in manufacturing is made right here in America. We can get that done.
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America’s energy sector is just one part of an aging infrastructure badly in need of repair. Ask any CEO where they’d rather locate and hire, a country with deteriorating roads and bridges or one with high-speed rail and Internet, high-tech schools, self- healing power grids.
Once those hubs and labs are up and running someone will need to work them and infrastructure isn't going to repair (well probably replace in some cases) itself. A large chunk of the job market loses were suffered by men and this would be a good way for them to get back in the game.

And how will men get these jobs? Through education.

As we know in most measurements of education by gender boys or lagging behind. Usually though the focus is on comparing 20 something men to 20 something women and just saying that the 20 something men are lazy and want to play video game all day.

That line of reasoning ignores the fact that education doesn't start at senior year of high school. No it starts at a much much earlier age. The differences in education can be found as early as elementary school. This is where change needs to be made and it looks like Obama aims to do something about that.
Every dollar we invest in high-quality early childhood education can save more than seven dollars later on, by boosting graduation rates, reducing teen pregnancy, even reducing violent crime. In states that make it a priority to educate our youngest children -- like Georgia or Oklahoma -- studies show students grow up more likely to read and do math at grade level, graduate high school, hold a job, form more stable families of their own. We know this works. So let’s do what works and make sure none of our children start the race of life already behind.
Let’s give our kids that chance.
I'm really hopeful that plans to invest in education really go deeper than "girls were told they suck at math and need a boost".

So as I say while not a direct nod to men it is a indirect nod via bringing up areas where guys really need some help.

Let us hope that progress is made in these areas.
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