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The Trouble with Boys: A Surprising Report Card on Our Sons, Their Problems at School, and What Parents and Educators Must Do

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From the moment they step into the classroom, boys begin to struggle. They get expelled from preschool nearly five times more often than girls; in elementary school, they’re diagnosed with learning disorders four times as often. By eighth grade huge numbers are reading below basic level. And by high school, they’re heavily outnumbered in AP classes and, save for the realm of athletics, show indifference to most extra­curricular activities. Perhaps most alarmingly, boys now account for less than 43 percent of those enrolled in college, and the gap widens every semester!

The imbalance in higher education isn’t just a “boy problem,” though. Boys’ decreasing college attendance is bad news for girls, too, because ad­missions officers seeking balanced student bodies pass over girls in favor of boys. The growing gender imbalance in education portends massive shifts for the next generation: how much they make and whom they marry.

Interviewing hundreds of parents, kids, teachers, and experts, award-winning journalist Peg Tyre drills below the eye-catching statistics to examine how the educational system is failing our sons. She explores the convergence of culprits, from the emphasis on high-stress academics in preschool and kindergarten, when most boys just can’t tolerate sitting still, to the outright banning of recess, from the demands of No Child Left Behind, with its rigid emphasis on test-taking, to the boy-unfriendly modern curriculum with its focus on writing about “feelings” and its purging of “high-action” reading material, from the rise of video gaming and schools’ unease with technology to the lack of male teachers as role models.

But this passionate, clearheaded book isn’t an exercise in finger-pointing. Tyre, the mother of two sons, offers notes from the front lines—the testimony of teachers and other school officials who are trying new techniques to motivate boys to learn again, one classroom at a time. The Trouble with Boys gives parents, educators, and anyone concerned about the state of education a manifesto for change—one we must undertake right away lest school be-come, for millions of boys, unalterably a “girl thing.”

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Outlines the social, educational, and economic trends that have led to a crisis among America's male children, including a lack of male role models, video-game addiction, and the demands of the No Child Left Behind policy; discusses the potential repercussions; and offers helpful suggestions on how to makes changes to alleviate the problem. 75,000 first printing.

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From the moment they step into the classroom, boys begin to struggle. They get expelled from preschool nearly five times more often than girls; in elementary school, they’re diagnosed with learning disorders four times as often. By eighth grade huge numbers are reading below basic level. And by high school, they’re heavily outnumbered in AP classes and, save for the realm of athletics, show indifference to most extracurricular activities. Perhaps most alarmingly, boys now account for less than 43 percent of those enrolled in college, and the gap widens every semester!

The imbalance in higher education isn’t just a “boy problem,” though. Boys’ decreasing college attendance is bad news for girls, too, because admissions officers seeking balanced student bodies pass over girls in favor of boys. The growing gender imbalance in education portends massive shifts for the next generation: how much they make and whom they marry.

Interviewing hundreds of parents, kids, teachers, and experts, award-winning journalist Peg Tyre drills below the eye-catching statistics to examine how the educational system is failing our sons. She explores the convergence of culprits, from the emphasis on high-stress academics in preschool and kindergarten, when most boys just can’t tolerate sitting still, to the outright banning of recess, from the demands of No Child Left Behind, with its rigid emphasis on test-taking, to the boy-unfriendly modern curriculum with its focus on writing about “feelings” and its purging of “high-action” reading material, from the rise of video gaming and schools’ unease with technology to the lack of male teachers as role models.

But this passionate, clearheaded book isn’t an exercise in finger-pointing. Tyre, the mother of two sons, offers notes from the front lines—the testimony of teachers and other school officials who are trying new techniques to motivate boys to learn again, one classroom at a time. The Trouble with Boys gives parents, educators, and anyone concerned about the state of education a manifesto for change—one we must undertake right away lest school be-come, for millions of boys, unalterably a “girl thing.”

About the Author

PEG TYRE was, until recently, a senior writer at Newsweek specializing in social trends and education. She has won numerous awards, including a Pulitzer Prize, a Clarion Award, and a National Education Writers Association Award. She lives in New York City with her husband, novelist Peter Blauner, and their two sons.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The trouble with boys — Notes from the front : the Edina Experiment — The scope of the problem : it's not just your son — The doubters : why some people (mistakenly) say boys are doing just fine — Preschool blues : the first signs of trouble — Notes from the front : fixing the school, not the boy — Kindergarten : the new first grade — Requiem for recess : yes, they need it--more than you think — Pay attention : your son, his teacher, and ADHD — Notes from the front : the Wilmette Solution — Good-bye, Mr. Chips : the vanishing male teacher — Boys and literacy : why Johnny can't (or won't) read — Thinking with a boy brain : what brain science tells us — (Video) games boys play : the world of electronic distraction — Single-sex schooling : could it be the answer? — Notes from the front : Project Earthquake — Smart boys who get bad grades : are schools biased against boys? — Boys alone : how we devalue what boys need — Notes from the front : learning to be a man — College : where the boys aren't — The future : telling the truth about boys.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307449771
Subtitle:
A Surprising Report Card on Our Sons, Their Problems at School, and What Parents and Educators Must Do
Publisher:
Crown Publishers
Author:
Tyre, Peg
Author:
Peg Tyre
Subject:
Family & Relationships : Parenting - General
Subject:
Education : Students & Student Life
Subject:
Education
Subject:
Motivation in education
Subject:
Parenting - General
Subject:
Students & Student Life
Subject:
Academic achievement -- United States.
Subject:
Sex differences in education -- United States.
Subject:
Parenting
Subject:
Child Care and Parenting-General
Subject:
Child Care and Parenting-Learning
Subject:
Education-General
Subject:
Psychology-Child Psychology
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20080909
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
311

Related Subjects

Education » General
Health and Self-Help » Child Care and Parenting » General
Health and Self-Help » Child Care and Parenting » Learning
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » General

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"Synopsis" by , Outlines the social, educational, and economic trends that have led to a crisis among America's male children, including a lack of male role models, video-game addiction, and the demands of the No Child Left Behind policy; discusses the potential repercussions; and offers helpful suggestions on how to makes changes to alleviate the problem. 75,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , From the moment they step into the classroom, boys begin to struggle. They get expelled from preschool nearly five times more often than girls; in elementary school, they’re diagnosed with learning disorders four times as often. By eighth grade huge numbers are reading below basic level. And by high school, they’re heavily outnumbered in AP classes and, save for the realm of athletics, show indifference to most extracurricular activities. Perhaps most alarmingly, boys now account for less than 43 percent of those enrolled in college, and the gap widens every semester!

The imbalance in higher education isn’t just a “boy problem,” though. Boys’ decreasing college attendance is bad news for girls, too, because admissions officers seeking balanced student bodies pass over girls in favor of boys. The growing gender imbalance in education portends massive shifts for the next generation: how much they make and whom they marry.

Interviewing hundreds of parents, kids, teachers, and experts, award-winning journalist Peg Tyre drills below the eye-catching statistics to examine how the educational system is failing our sons. She explores the convergence of culprits, from the emphasis on high-stress academics in preschool and kindergarten, when most boys just can’t tolerate sitting still, to the outright banning of recess, from the demands of No Child Left Behind, with its rigid emphasis on test-taking, to the boy-unfriendly modern curriculum with its focus on writing about “feelings” and its purging of “high-action” reading material, from the rise of video gaming and schools’ unease with technology to the lack of male teachers as role models.

But this passionate, clearheaded book isn’t an exercise in finger-pointing. Tyre, the mother of two sons, offers notes from the front lines—the testimony of teachers and other school officials who are trying new techniques to motivate boys to learn again, one classroom at a time. The Trouble with Boys gives parents, educators, and anyone concerned about the state of education a manifesto for change—one we must undertake right away lest school be-come, for millions of boys, unalterably a “girl thing.”

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