Major announcement

The name of this website will soon change to Title IX For All, and the new URL will be www.titleixforall.com. This is more than just a name change; it is a reboot of this platform with a refined focus. It is the final transformative stage of this website; a time when it will finally “come into its own.” This post is to give you some of the highlights and reasons why.

I am currently designing the new website from scratch, although some elements will be very familiar. The new design will ensure a more user-friendly navigation and present resources in a more relevant hierarchy at half the loading speed. Upon launch the majority of old blog content will be wiped clean, with a scheduled re-introduction of selected content.

Professional tools will be placed front-and-center, and content that has not served the goal of assisting professionals (as verified by 2.5 years of analytics) will be repurposed to fit the refined model or pruned. All old links will redirect to the new domain, although direct links to the offsite databases will remain unchanged at present.

A stricter focus on professionals

Title IX is the overarching federal law on gender equity issues that professionals either abide by or seek to amend. By professionals I mean attorneys, educators, school administrators, education journalists, government representatives, and select advocates. These are the people who are best positioned to make change, and assisting them is where this platform can best meet its potential.

A clarified values-centered approach

The name change reflects an understanding that much of the world wants a refreshingly values-centered approach, rather than a name that evokes a “boys vs girls” kind of conflict. This feeling of unnecessary divisiveness is also why people shy away from the term “feminism,” even if they empathize with their issues. We will follow the example of organizations like The Canadian Association for Equality in that we will continue to focus on the needs of men and boys, but under a gender-neutral name. Title IX is an instant signal that this website focuses on gender equity in education.

A clarified focus on the U.S. education system

There is nothing to prevent us from continuing to reference the good work being done in Canada, the UK, or Australia, and using it as a “teachable moment.” That being said, our efforts have always been centered on the United States, even if we have occasionally featured content about other countries. It is the system the majority of our staff and contributors know best, and what we have the most training in. Arguably, it is also where help in our area of advocacy is most needed, as countries like the UK and Australia are noticeably ahead of tackling the issues.

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As with all things, the proof is in the pudding. I’m excited about this change, and can’t wait to show it to you.

EduResearch database restored! Browse or submit research on men and boys in academia!

Click here to visit the database

The EduResearch Database (which is actually comprised of 10 sub-databases) has been restored as of today. As its name suggests, this series of databases focuses on men’s and boys’ educational attainment and well-being. Each database is grouped by a cluster of related topics.

Here are the ten sub-databases in the EduResearch Database:

  1. Attendance, graduation, and dropout rates
  2. Bullying, depression, and suicide
  3. Discipline, classroom management, and the school-to-prison pipeline
  4. Financial aid
  5. Grades
  6. Instructional strategies
  7. Learning disabilities and disorders
  8. Literacy
  9. Male role-models
  10. Single-sex education

Since I developed the EduResearch Database relatively recently, we are still adding (and are actually always in the process of adding) more data. You can submit new research or corrections to our databases at this link.

Like the Lawsuits Database, the this database now requires users to register an account through a simple form to access its core features. No other requirement is necessary.

The development of these databases represents a shift in the core direction of this platform over the last year and a half: to empower professionals with easy access to the tools they need to help a group that is severely disadvantaged in the modern educational environment.

We will continue to develop these databases in pursuit of this goal. Feel free to register and browse the database. If you are able, please help us by contributing research on men and boys.

Visit the EduResearch Database here!

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I just added a subscription form to the front page. We have always had a subscription element attached to our blog, but it was never featured prominently. More importantly, we are moving away from the WordPress subscription service to a full-fledged email service provider (MailChimp).

Our new subscription process allows us to connect our readers and supporters content with that they are more likely to be interested in, while refraining from sending them content they may not prefer.

Over the last two and a half weeks much of the content has focused on the restoration of our databases, and we still have a few more to go. But we are mostly out of that tunnel, and will be back to featuring regular articles next week.

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Lawsuits database now requires user registration

***Click here, and then click “sign up” at the bottom of the new page to create an account***

After developing the lawsuits database for many months the time has come to restrict access to registered users. All you need is to fill out a quick form and you’re done.

There are several reasons for this change, and I think they are all common sense.

Sensitivity for plaintiffs

These cases are very sensitive. Despite the fact that may plaintiffs move forward under a pseudonym, many do not. In addition, it is not always ideal for plaintiffs to have maximum-wattage spotlights (example here) on their lawsuits at all times.

Key contributors

Currently, a small handful of people are making the majority of contributions to keep the database updated. If possible (knock on wood), I’d like to see them rewarded somehow in the not-too-distant future.

Better analytics

We needed better back-end “dashboard-style” analytics on precisely how many people are using the database. Better analytics on how people are using the database will help me spot problematic areas where features could be more user-friendly, or where a gap in existing features could lead to the development of new ones that users would find particularly useful.

Timely alerts if the database goes down or is significantly revamped

We need a reliable way to send out a major announcement to database users in the event that something happens to it. We had to take the database down in March due to a funding crisis, and restored it later at a new URL. Although I announced the new URL through several channels, I’m certain a sizable minority were not able to find their way back so easily.

Also, at some point over the next three months I will be making some very powerful upgrades to the database in very rapid succession. I will need to point users who may be confused to the right places.

At the end of the day we aim to make our databases extremely user-friendly, authoritative, and insightful. This is a necessary step toward improving the quality of our work for everyone. Thank you for your understanding!

Events database restored; updates welcome

Offsite link to the database here: https://titleixforall.knackhq.com/events

For the past two weeks I’ve been working to restore our databases and make them better than ever. First came the Lawsuits database, and the Scholarships database soon followed. Today I restored the Events database. Now is as good a time as ever for a recap on its purpose.

The Purpose of the Database

Many people would like to attend conferences, workshops, webinars, and so forth, but are simply unaware of their existence. Organizations hosting such events tend to be insufficiently networked with other organizations, complicating logistics and reducing turnout. This isolates advocates and reduces the overall momentum of the advocacy community.

We help solve this problem by maintaining an updated database of events, networking with other groups, and promoting awareness of upcoming events.

These events cover the spectrum of men’s and boys’ issues in academia, but tend to focus on their educational attainment and well-being. Audiences for these events include education professionals, advocates, parents, and researchers.

Unless there is something I have missed, this is the only such database in existence.

New features: Submission Form and Public Queue

Submission Form

I have implemented a submission form into the database which lets users directly send us new events, updates, or corrections with ease. Once the form is submitted the new data will appear in our new Public Queue, and an email will be sent to our team to alert them that new data needs to be reviewed and added to the database. This will allow users to see more of our workflow, as well as help us keep track of what is entered into our database, and when.

New features in development

I am developing new features for this database, including:

  • An interactive map so that users can search events by geographic region
  • A reports section showing broad and focused analyses of data on events through interactive pie charts, line and bar graphs, and so forth

More to come!

Scholarships database back online

Link here:

https://titleixforall.knackhq.com/scholarships-for-men

Please send all updates, corrections, inquiries, and suggestions to boysmeneducation@gmail.com.


We’ve been working late into the night to bring the databases back online. Although we backed up the basic spreadsheets before we took them offline last week due to a funding shortage (we’ve recovered), we have to reconstruct the entire framework of the databases to put data in them in the first place.

We brought the Lawsuits database back online two days ago (Sunday), and we’ve now restored the the Scholarships database. I’ve also added features that were not present in the database before: Reports, Changelog, and Welcome sections.

Although this database does not contain every scholarship offered specifically to men, it is the most comprehensive and transparent list of such scholarships you will find anywhere. If you ever see a scholarship for men, make sure to send it my way at boysmeneducation@gmail.com. Let’s get men the resources they need to succeed in higher education!

Lawsuits database back online; updates welcome

Thanks to the generosity of several key organizations and individuals, we at Boys & Men in Education will be able to continue our database work. The lawsuits database has been brought back online at a new link. That link is:

http://titleixforall.knackhq.com/due-process-lawsuits

For now, please send all corrections, updates, and new cases to boysmeneducation@gmail.com.

I am developing a database form that will allow users to directly upload new data to the database. Once the form is submitted, an email will be sent to our management team that new data has appeared in our submission queue. An automatic reminder will notify our management team every few days of every week if there is “unresolved” data in the submission queue. To help save their time, users will also be able to see the submission queue prior to filling out the submission form. Please stay tuned for an update on this feature.

Thank you for your support!

Through darkness comes light: we will continue.

On March 20 I made the announcement that this website will have to cease operations and take down many of its resources due to a lack of funding. I was in despair because the last few donation drives had been insufficient to sustain our operations.

What I did not anticipate was the generosity of a few key individuals and organizations who have collectively pulled it out of the grave over the last few days. For that, I’d like to give a special thank you to FACE and SAVE (in addition to all the great work they are already doing), as well as to certain individuals who have generously donated but may wish to remain unnamed. Without them this project would have ended, further innovations would have been left in limbo, and other organizations would be left to re-invent the wheel.

The Lawsuits database has already been brought back online at a new link. Our other databases will be restored over the next several weeks. I am developing several advanced features for these databases that no one has seen yet, and those will be added over time.

The announcement to close has been removed from this website. We are still sitting at about 80% of our funding needs for the first half of 2016, and the donation link is still available here. If you are interested in donating, please do.

Lastly, it is clear that some changes will need to be made internally to ensure the long-term sustainability of this project and mitigate against risk. That is our highest agenda over the next several months.

Thank you for supporting this website. We will continue. And we’ll make it better than ever.

2016 spring donation drive (updated 3/29/2016)

Update 3/29/2016:

We have met our goal and are funded. Thank you for your support!


Financial support is crucial to maintaining the resources and services we offer, taking them to the next level, and making sure people are aware of them in the first place. This website exists because of those who continue to support this site, whether by donating, writing, or by sending content to be added to our databases. As a result, this website serves as a unique go-to resource for parents, students, teachers, attorneys, reporters, researchers, advocates, and school administrators.

This year we are taking our database work to the next level. We now use highly sophisticated web app software, and have hired a database manager to take over the workload. He has helped us get the ball rolling tremendously. We were able to unveil the Education Research database last month, have radically expanded the records in the Events database, and are planning the next step up for the lawsuits database.

We are also increasingly recruiting a diverse array of talent to contribute written material for the site as well – you may have noticed that the February publishing pace picked up significantly. I am also spending a significant amount of time networking with the right people in the right places to ensure that the work being done here is impactful.

Of course, while we make every dollar go a very long way, this doesn’t all come free. This donation drive will decide much in terms of how this service will be funded in the future, as well as the nature of the services are able to offer. We have some amazing plans, but we can’t execute on them without your help. And I’ll be frank here: we need your help. We really do.

I ask that you consider supporting this platform financially, as literally no one else is doing the kind of work we are doing. Feel free to make either a one-time donation or set up a monthly recurring donation below. If you would like to see a general breakdown of what donations go toward please see the table after the donation links.

If you have any questions please submit them via the contact form. Thank you!

One-Time Donation

Become a Patron of this site by donating monthly

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What donations go toward

As a matter of transparency, below you will see the projected costs for the first half of 2016:

Service

Projected Costs, Q1 & Q2 2016

Basic website maintenance, including:
Hosting & domain registration
Database web app subscription
Security and Spam Protection
Plugins, Addons

$600
Compensation for database manager $1200
Legal fees $400
Graphics $125
Research $50
Promotional Expenses $125

Projected Total Cost For Q1 / Q2 2016:

$2500

Again, we sincerely need your help. Please consider donating to the cause.

Thank you.

PSA: if the most you do is vote, you have no one to blame but yourself

It used to be said that if you don’t vote you have no one to blame but yourself for the shape our country is in. It’s time for a new phrase (see above). Election season tends to bring some strong opinions. Here’s mine. This message isn’t meant for everyone – not even most. But it’s meant for quite a few.

There exists in this world a subset of people who think that just by lifting a finger once every four years to vote means they are doing all they need to do – or at least more than everyone else who doesn’t vote every 4 years – to make the world a better place. To them I say this:

Guess again.

People who do nothing for every season other than election season are in fact doing very little at all.

Consider education. If I want to make academia a better place, I help students, parents, and teachers all over the United States SUE the administrators who abuse their rights. I link them up with the right groups to collectively address their cause. I direct them to scholarships, advocacy tools, and so forth. And I do this every week of every month, every year.

And I’m not the only one who does this. When it comes to student rights, there several very excellent groups like FACE, SAVE, and FIRE who work tirelessly to make the world a better place as well. And when it comes to the broader spectrum of issues there are far, far more people working to turn the many levers of power.

I can tell you what we don’t do, however (and yes, I can speak for all of us): we don’t go drop a slip of paper in a (likely) rigged box every four years and then – when things don’t work out in our favor – throw up our hands, say “well I did all I can,” and then do nothing for the next 1459 days.

Speaking for myself, I would do this – if I wanted an easy cop-out.

I’m going to vote for the candidate of my choice – if he wins the nomination. But if he doesn’t, oh well. I understand the big picture. A president is just one person. We the People are millions. Our problem isn’t that we are waiting for the “one right person” (read: someone else)  to “do something” about our collective problems. Our problem is that we ALL need to “do something” And doing nothing but voting once every 1460 days is a very lazy and ineffective way to do something about the issues you care about.

As I said before, there are many levers of power.

So go out and cast your all-or-nothing vote. But don’t be fooled by those who think (or act as though) all you need to do to make society a better place is to work your 8 hours a day, come home and watch 2-3 hours of TV, have sex with your partner, and then go to sleep and do it all again the next day, every day, for the next 1459 days until election day. That kind of laziness is exactly why our country is in the mess it is in.

Not every problem can be solved with the magic wand of voting. If you want the world to change, don’t just vote for someone else to change it. Go out and change it yourself.

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