Saving Our Sons from an Educational System That's Leaving Them Behind
On Sale: January 13, 2010
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The signs and statistics are undeniable: boys are falling
behind in school. Contrary to conventional wisdom, the
biggest culprits are not video games, pop culture, or
female-dominated schools biased toward girls. The real
problem is that boys have been thrust into a bewildering new
school environment that demands high-level reading and
writing skills long before they are capable of handling
Lacking the ability to compete,
boys fall farther and farther behind. Eventually, the
problem gets pushed into college, where close to 60% of the
graduates are women. In a time when even cops, construction
foremen, and machine operators need post-high school
degrees, that’s a problem.
Why Boys Fail takes
a hard look at how this ominous reality came to be, how it
has worsened in recent years, and why attempts to resolve it
often devolve into finger-pointing and polarizing politics.
But the book also shares some good news. Amidst the
alarming proof of failure among boys—around the world—there
are also inspiring case studies of schools where something
is going right. Each has come up with realistic ways to make
sure that every student—male and female—has the tools to
succeed in school and later in life. Educators and parents
alike will take heart in these promising developments, and
heed the book’s call to action—not only to demand solutions
but also to help create them for their own students and
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