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The Minds of Boys: Saving Our Sons From Falling Behind in School and Life Paperback – April 6, 2007
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Then, a few days ago, I got THE MINDS OF BOYS. Now Gurian, teaming up with educator Kathy Stevens, has written the sequel. This one is all about how to help boys in school. It comes none too soon for me. My son is going into fifth grade and needs help especially with motivation. Thank you, Michael and Kathy, for your two chapters on how to motivate our sons.
Truthfully, I think it's about time someone wrote this book. There's been a lot of emphasis on girls in school, and I'm glad of it, but I'm seeing a lot of boys around me, my son's friends, who are having trouble focusing in school. This new book will help a lot of us moms (and dads).
Lastly, I really like the emphasis in the book on getting everyone involved in a kid's education--grandparents, neighbors, friends. This is important for all kids, boys and girls.
Gurian and Stevens begin by documenting the boys' crisis in education. Such research, though not novel, when pulled together like this, rattles our cages enough to gain and keep our attention.
However, the true strength of "The Minds of Boys" is its thorough, detailed, specific, field-tested solutions. In area after area, "Saving Our Sons from Falling Behind in School and Life" empowers parents to equip their sons to overcome the many obstacles that they face in the school setting.
One can only hope that educators themselves will read and heed the advice of Gurian and Stevens. If they do, then the next hundred years could produce a much more boy-friendly educational system.
Reviewer: Bob Kellemen, Ph.D., is the author of "Soul Physicians," "Spiritual Friends," and the forthcoming, "Beyond the Suffering."
If it's so great, what's it about, you ask? A lot actually. The first thing that they discussed that caught my eye was the idea that for the past few years we've focused on girls and how to educate them better, and now the authors think it's time we focused on boys who were not doing well in school. It's not that we're helping girls to the detriment of boys, but now that we've helped girls it's time to focus on boy education. They describe some of their negative experiences with the education system, and it makes me realize that the things I've heard from guys about school all my life weren't just "coming from my friends." I always assumed I hung out with the non-academic guys or the extremely smart guys who were just turned off by education. Come to find out there are a lot of boys (and future men) who were turned off to education by our educational system's lack of teaching them in a way that they can learn. As Gurian writes in another one of his books, Boys and Girls Learn Differently!Read more ›
This alone is a challenge. If you have boys and they have ADHD or ADD, not only will the children become frustrated, but so do the parents as will the teachers.
We were at our wit's end before our physican recommended The Mind of Boys. It made perfect sense to us as parents as we read things we had always noticed in our three boys.
With book in tow, we set up an appointment with the school counselor of each boy. Each one had a different counselor leading us to have to meet with them more than once. Stress among our family, friends and relatives was at an all time high. After many conferences with teachers and doctors, things seem to be coming together for the first time since I can remember.
The Minds of Boys has changed our life and we highly recommend it to any parent who has boys, to every teacher who teaches boys and to each counselor in every school district. If we can just save one family of having to go through what we did, it will be worth our testimonial.
When we thought we might never have a normal family life, this book helped us to snap out of it and helped us to make sense of the incredible mess we demonstrated among ourselves in our personal relationship with our boys.
It can change your life for the better.Read more ›
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Excellent insights as to how to help misbehaving primary boys in school.Published 1 month ago by Dana
I think I need to return this and get the right book. I got the wrong book reference from a colleague.Published 11 months ago by Shekeba Muheb
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I have three boys.. and so anything that helps me understand them more and how they tick is helpful. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Heather L Rissler
I think every educator in the US should be required to read this book. Certainly all those who favor Common Core.Published 16 months ago by Debbie Huth
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