Just kidding. No comment on this one....


That's the thinking in Stockton. Have I mentioned before that the education world is prone to fads. Not that single-sex education can't be effective if done right, but still... Again the question for boys: If this doesn't work, what's the backup plan?...


Where do loner males seek out conversation? You guessed it. Including Jared....


Interesting column in the WaPo about the Tucson shootings and reclusive, angry boys....


Author/psychologist Michael Thompson does a great job here laying out the most vulnerable boys and the best antidotes....


California reporter breaks out the CEP report. From the report: The study points out a new concern: the gender gap. The report says that in 2009, the nation's girls outperformed boys in reading in nearly every state, including California. The gap is almost 10 percentage points in some states. For California fourth-graders, it is only 1 percentage point. Jennings said the gender gap is consistent in every state at every grade level, and that results of international tests show it exists in all industrialized countries....


That teacher's assessment was about a boy getting only a fourth of the test questions right, which is why this mother decided to home school her son. I don't usually try to offer advice to parents with boys -- my writing focuses on policy. Here's the one exception: When your teacher tells you, 'Don't worry about your son's poor grades ... Boys start out slowly but always catch up,' don't buy it. Look for a new teacher, a new school even. These days, too many boys aren't catching up....


Five boys drop out of high school there for every three girls....


I'm a bit tardy in publishing David Chadwell's response to Lise Eliot's (author, Pink Brain, Blue Brain) article in Slate questioning the South Carolina survey on single-sex education, mostly because I didn't see it in Slate. As observant reader E Jones points out, however, Chadwell repeats his response in the latest edition of Gender Matters. Chadwell's response: MY RESPONSE AS POSTED IN THE COMMENT SECTION OF SLATE. It is important to question findings. First though, this report is of a survey, not a study. It never was presented as a study. As the introduction explains, it was to take the ...


In South Carolina, David Chadwell takes on the task the U.S. Department of Education ducks here in Washington. Chadwell includes a link to the ASCD special report on Teaching Boys. And, there's a link for the 5th Annual Teacher-to-Teacher Conference in Columbia, S.C., in March. I have a suggestion for a project for Chadwell to take on, which I blogged on here. The South Carolina single-sex initiatives are probably the most ambitious in the nation. If we're going to offer up single-sex education as the best solution to the boy troubles (a strategy I think is too limiting), ...


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