Bulletin from your Blogger: This Blog is Going into Remission

As mentioned in a previous posting, I am in the middle of a book project that, by book writing standards, includes some very demanding deadlines. But the project is worth it. I'm collaborating with College Board President Gaston Caperton on a book about what works in American public education. And what works, as it turns out, is what works for boys as well. When the book is done, the blog may return. Thanks so much ... Richard Whitmire Btw: I know a lot of people look to the categories section of this blog as a library on this issue. I certainly ...


I Beg to Differ...

Note: This is a guest post by Darryl Williams, principal of the Brighter Choice Charter Schools for Boys' elementary and middle school programs in Albany, New York. In an article recently published in the New York Times, Tamar Lewin presents the idea that single-sex schooling may be detrimental to the educational development of students. She writes, "Single-sex education is ineffective, misguided and may actually increase gender stereotyping," a paper to be published Friday asserts. Gender stereotyping is pervasive in many under-performing public schools because excuse-making has remained an acceptable form of educational reform in some states. And our boys' poor ...


Suspended From College?

Note: This is a guest post by Darryl Williams, principal of the Brighter Choice Charter Schools for Boys' elementary and middle school programs in Albany, New York. In a recent study highlighted by Dan Barrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education, it is suggested there may be a correlation between boys' propensity for suspension and their absence from the college ranks. When citing previous research, Mr. Barrett proposes, "As the likelihood of suspension increases, student's chances of making it to college decreases." We all know that our boys, especially minority boys, are more likely to be suspended from school--four times ...


Economic Inequality: Red or Blue

Times columnist David Brooks makes an important point today about two flavors of inequality. The 'blue' inequality, financiers vs. wage earners, is getting all the attention, but the 'red' inequality, those with or without a college education (and here, the big gap falls along gender lines) is more prevalent....


Building Great Classrooms, One Teacher at a Time

Note: This is a guest post by Darryl Williams, principal of the Brighter Choice Charter Schools for Boys' elementary and middle school programs in Albany, New York. Have you ever visited "that" classroom? You know, the classroom that makes you say, "I wish my son was in this classroom." Scholars are raising their hands; eager to provide answers their beloved teacher has posed. The teacher is systematically and deliberately moving about the room, carefully using opportunities to inspire and motivate the most timid scholars. Scholars smile and "raise the roof," when they provide a "college-bound" response to one of those ...


Introducing a New Guest Blogger

Thanks to John Lee for his contributions. Next up is Darryl Williams, who for the past five years has been the principal of the Brighter Choice Charter School for Boys in Albany New York. Brighter Choice is an all-boys public charter school serving a 97% African-American and Latino population. While more than 90% of his scholars qualify for the federal free & reduced lunch program, they consistently post some of the highest pass rates in the state of New York. Darryl holds a Masters Degree in Education Administration and Policy Studies and a Masters Degree in Special Education and Literacy from ...


Women and Engineering

An interesting contribution to the debate over why women shun engineering careers comes from Stanford University's Clayman Institute for Gender Research. We know that girls perform as well as boys in the sciences during the high school years. The separation points appear to be when women declare their majors and even later when women with engineering backgrounds commit to careers. From the article in the American Sociological Association: The study found that the real issue for female engineering students is their lack of "professional role confidence." Among other things, this term encompasses people's faith in their ability to go out ...


Failing on Purpose or Socialized to Fail?

Note: This is a guest post by John Michael Lee Jr., PhD., policy director for the Advocacy and Policy Center in the Advocacy, Government Relations and Development unit at the College Board. A recent BBC article asserts that African -Caribbean males are failing on purpose, and advances the notion that educational achievement by African-Caribbean males is deemed as Feminine. The story says: Black schoolboys can choose to perform poorly to avoid undermining their masculinity, the head of the Jamaican Teachers' Association has said. Adolph Cameron said that in Jamaica, where homophobia was a big issue, school success was often seen ...


Reasons to Revisit The Boys Initiative Site

The site has been relaunched, with these features: * a comprehensive online library of recent news articles, articles written by expert contributors,books of interest, and research and studies related to boys' and young men's achievement; * a comprehensive library of facts and figures on challenges boys and young men face; ourstrategic plan for addressing those challenges; * information on our Minority Male Youth 2050 project; and information on our national advocacy network...


A Warning Sign from Korea

Too many college graduates and not enough jobs for them has Koreans worried about the priorities of their education system. Does that mean that treating (some) college is the new high school is the wrong strategy? Korea does stand out as a useful warning, but the U.S. is far from reaching the over-saturation point seen in Korea. And Korea's rote system of learning is not producing the creative workforce needed in the modern economy. Another cautionary note about looking to education as the solution comes in this WSJ commentary: Companies can't find employees to hire because (a) few employees ...


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