November 2011 Archives

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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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....


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