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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 Paperback – August 11, 2009
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Stop! Hold the presses! At this rate, girls will grow up to be a ruling class. And today's boys will grow up to work in auto-body shops (not that there's anything wrong with that) and dream of advancing to the manager slot at Burger King (ditto). Why? Because boys are falling behind in school --- and not just because they develop a little slower, read a little later, blah blah blah.
The system is failing boys, Peg Tyre says. A feminized curriculum, behavior norms that disadvantage boys, schools with few men on the faculty, a misguided belief that kids are ready to learn at an earlier age --- Tyre rolls out a laundry list of reasons.
I take Peg Tyre very seriously. First, because she's been there --- she is the mother of two boys. At Newsweek, where she covered education, she wrote a story about boys falling behind in school. It struck a nerve --- parents of boys tended to think only their lads were not doing well --- so she dug more and wrote this book.
I'm the father of a girl, and while I'd like her to have every advantage, what's happening now may not be good for anyone. Just one of Tyre's conclusions:
"At all but the very highest income levels, our country is bifurcating into two groups: educated women and less educated men. That division will have massive implications for the way our children live their lives --- their opportunities, their career choices, what they do, who they marry, how they raise their children, if they can afford to retire."
Strong stuff.Read more ›
Among the many points Tyre makes, boys mature on a variety of scales later than girls. In our rush to improve standardized test grades, activities such as recess have been virtually cut from the daily school activities. Boys are genetically designed to run, throw, explore, and test their abilities. In modern America, this has normally been achieved through physical play some of which occurred at school. Among other things, this allowed the boys to burn off that abundant energy. In our current educational environment the morning and afternoon recesses have been scrapped so that additional study time could be found. The normal physical play at lunch has also been eliminated in most schools. This one factor has aggravated boys' natural restlessness and caused problems with their ability to pay attention. Our response has been to drug them. Insane!
But Peg Tyre also points out that male educators are in woefully short supply as teachers during the elementary grades. Boys may lack positive male role models in their personal lives due to the national plague of absentee fathers and this is aggravated when male role models are missing at school.
Peg Tyre isn't the only game in town on this subject though her book is quite good.Read more ›
I have personally observed much of what Peg Tyre describes in "The Trouble with Boys." For what it is worth, I can offer anecdotal evidence of my own that the problem Tyre describes is a serious one. I am the father of two daughters, both elementary school teachers now, and the grandfather of one granddaughter and two grandsons, all of whom are elementary school students. Because I am convinced that learning to read well, and as soon as possible, is the key to anyone's future, I encouraged my daughters to become readers and have done the same for their children. It is in observation of their children that I first became aware of just how different so many little boys are from little girls when it comes to their early schooling.
According to Tyre, the problem for little boys begins as early as preschool because they are physically and mentally less mature than little girls their age.Read more ›
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I wish this had a wider audience...but it's not politically correct. It's the truth though, and clearly sites and shows how boys have been mistreated and are getting screwed in the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Loving Him
I can't even begin to write a review short enough for this book. I am a junior middle childhood education major at OSU and if you are looking for facts and proof of boys failing in... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Zane Urquhart
As a teacher, i'm not digging this book. It has several flaws. It is a bit redundant with the history and stats. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
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I was studying maths in the mid 1990's in the Australian state of NSW. Read more
This book helped me reframe my thinking about raising sons but also raising daughters. It challenged me and informed. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh
Arrived, quickly, clean, great condition. Will use again in future.Published 15 months ago by Manga_Mom
best book written to help frustrated mothers of boys to understand what is happening to their children in our school systems. Read morePublished 19 months ago by P Tyre
Every mother with a boy in the school system should buy this book.Published 23 months ago by meliss325