Only 43% of college students are male. This huge shift was achieved by massive social engineering, which starts in the early grades.
Children aren't taught to read properly. Sight-words and Dolch words don't work; indeed, they have been called child abuse. But this pedagogical abuse afflicts boys more than girls, as girls tend to be more verbal.
The abuse continues. For those who can read, the schools recommend books intended for girls, with only a rare mention of the action-and-adventure books that boys actually like. Boys learn that books are for wimps. So long, literacy and all things literary. Thanks, Education Establishment!!!!
"Keeping Boys From Reading" is an important new article that explains these issues and what to do.