The topic I consider the most newsworthy emerging from the boy troubles gets discussed in this WaPo commentary by columnist Harold Meyerson. As he points out, the phenomenon has spread to white, working class males: The social pathologies long associated with the inner-city poor - single-parent households, births out of wedlock, drug and alcohol abuse - now stalk the white working class in rural and post-industrial regions far removed from big cities. The middle is falling. Rich Lowry, editor of the conservative National Review, has noted that as wages and employment levels have fallen for the Americans who have graduated ...


Program aimed at African American male students. This fits into the 'role model' school of fixes for the boy troubles. Can't hurt, and is undoubtedly part of the solution. I'm more interested in why so many black males end up in special education for reading deficiencies....


A better-than-average article on an experiment there. My bet: The experiment was launched mostly for the boys, who are falling behind, but in the end the girls will end up benefiting more -- not because they respond to single-sex instruction better but rather because they respond better to any school innovation. They are more invested in school....


What interests me about this unique focus coming out of Britain is my hunch that we'd find something similar if we ever looked for it in this country. From the article: By the age of 16, only 23% of white boys eligible for free school meals achieved five or more GCSE exams at grade C or better, in subjects including English and maths. This was a significantly worse success rate than for all other poor pupils on free school meals, among whom 34% achieved the target of five good grades, which is regarded as the benchmark for further study and ...


I like this group. Men as reading role models -- Dads of Great Students....


Reforming suspension policies can boost graduation rates among African American males, Baltimore finds. This is an experiment possibly worth copying in other districts. But it still falls into the Band-Aid category: what prompts the behaviors that lead to the suspensions?...


From Kansas City author Derrick Barnes....


But the newspaper's editorial fails to make a substantive case for it. Let's hope the actual educators have more in mind than merely "reducing social distractions" and offering girls a more colorful surrounding....


From former schools superintendent Ronald Holmes. I wish I had seen more about literacy -- the reason so many boys end up in that special education track Holmes says black males need to avoid....


Have him take a gap year, as The Wall Street Journal describes. The track record of boys like this going directly to college -- with the parents hoping for the best -- is not great. Many just continue their slacker ways....


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