Don't assume that the situation in this country is that different. It's just that in this country nobody focuses on this....


That's one of many conventional wisdoms about why boys don't like school. Parents are prone to pressuring schools to allow more unstructured run-around time. Sounds good, but I'm doubtful....


Don't get misled about the "middle skills" debate. Young people -- including men -- still need academic credentials beyond high school. From the Hechinger report article: Nationally, 27 percent of people with licenses and certificates also earn more than the average bachelor's degree recipient, according to Anthony Carnevale, director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. Carnevale's newest data show that at least half of all anticipated job opportunities in the next seven years will be open to "middle-skill" workers like pharmacy technicians -- what Khorasani will be after he passes a certification exam. Training for such ...


Among those submitting op-eds to newspaper, there are nine men for every woman. And that puzzles the WaPo ombudsman (who must be short of topics to write about). I can venture a guess: Men are angrier than women....


This time in Fort Worth. As always, my hunch is that girls just respond better to any school innovation. Maybe we can persuade David Chadwell to share some observations from South Carolina....


I met Kay Mills while on a journalism fellowship at Stanford Fellowship. Great person, and a great writer. Her passing is sad. That doesn't excuse sloppy obit writers, however, from pointing out what they know first hand, which is that much has changed since she championed women in the newsroom. Today, most newsrooms are dominated by women. At the TV network level, it is common to go into a meeting of top producers and find no men. Some local TV stations have given up on the male/female anchor format and gone with female/female. It doesn't dishonor Kay Mills ...


Can brain-based learning difference explain why British and Irish boys are lagging in school? Yes, reply those behind Brainsex Matters. Therefore, schools need to tailor their learning around those differences. In years to come we'll discover whether brain-based learning techniques are an important breakthrough in schooling -- or the most useless fad since open classrooms. To date, I don't think we know....


The book by the founder of Teach for America, A Chance to Make History, comes out on the 20th anniversary of TFA. Kopp nicely captures the essential character of the three schools I profile in Why Boys Fail and explains why those schools like those are successful for all students (including boys). The schools in my book -- two charters, one of which is an all-boys school, and a traditional elementary school in Delaware -- benefit from "transformational" leadership coming from both teachers and principals. The point here is that transformational leadership is more important than the structure, be it ...


It's just a theory, based on nothing more than anecdotal observations from news reports. But it is striking....


Conflicting thinking on whether there's a hard-wired difference in the way men and women think and learn. It all plays out on NPR. Thanks to Chuck Meissner for passing that along....


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