The most interesting part is that involves boys at elite private schools....


Interesting piece in Daily Beast about how this plays out in private schools....


Why don't we see more daily newspaper coverage of the boy troubles in this country? The gender gap differences between the U.S. and Britain are minute, and yet these stories are routine there. Okay, well, I'm supposed to know something about that, considering my background. But I really don't. You can't blame the national feminist organizations. By my reckoning, they have removed themselves from this battlefield. Why protest when maintaining silence achieves their goal of blocking boy-friendly strategies that they think might disadvantage girls (not true, but that's what they think)? Smart move on their part. My only explanation ...


A hand-wringing discussion. Truth is, once you set aside the poverty/single-parent family issues, this all comes down to a value-added debate. Some cities do a better or worse job adding educational value for identical populations. What's striking about Rochester is that despite years of winning acclaim for various flavors of school "reform," the city's schools remain comparatively worse. And that's because school reform usually judged by how adults compromise, not how students perform. I'm speaking as a former newspaper reporter in Rochester....


From Bloomberg Businessweek: Feb. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Women in the U.S. are almost twice as likely as men to earn a bachelor's degree by age 23, underscoring decades of gains by females in schools and the workforce, according to a government survey....


The Boys Initiative has launched. Take it for a test drive. Or, go directly to the press release. I'm honored to serve as an unpaid advisor. Don't worry, there are plenty of advisors with doctorates to offset my journalistic credentials....


Considering that violent video games often get blamed for boys' indifference toward school, this piece from PBSparents is worth a read....


That was a joke back in the days when I was on the launch/startup of USA Today, which loved, and I mean loved, to call trends. Thanks for Jonathan Wolfer for spotting this article from Denver on male elementary school teachers. At first, I thought I skimmed the article too quickly, looking for the trend data to substantiate that, in fact, more males are teaching at the elementary school level. Well, at this school there's a trend! Would it make a difference if, suddenly, more males streamed back into the teaching profession. Yes, but only at the margins. The ...


Thanks to Mark Sherman for spotting this article on holding kids back, especially boys. What is not dealt with in this article is what I'm told is an emerging problem, which is bullying by red shirted boys. They're just so much bigger than the other boys and for some boys, the temptation is too much....


Here's another perspective in Education Week....


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