Or lack of it, to be more precise. As this Bloomberg Businessweek story explains, boys benefit more from breast feeding than girls....


I like to keep track of the anecdotal findings. This from Florida....


Whichever country solves the problem of boys becoming disinterested in reading -- and thereby school and college -- stands to win the global education race. In the New York Daily News I team up with George Mason University professor William Brozo, whose book I drew on for my book research, to lay out the rules of the race. We use both PISA and the recent Center on Education Policy report....


As in the United States and Britain, they are closing fast, due almost entirely to the education gaps....


The hypothetical objections to separating the genders (and possibly shortchanging girls) seem less important than the practical question: is separating the sexes the best answer to the boy troubles? And further: what's the backup plan if this doesn't work?...


The boy troubles are a more mature issue there. What they are seeing if what we would see if we bothered to take a look, especially among white boys from blue collar families. The press coverage from recent testing is here, here and here....


In Slate, by Lise Eliot and Diane Halpern. An excerpt: The biggest problem with the survey is that the state Single-Gender Initiatives program that administered it--and which fervently advocates single-sex education--did not give students the option of answering "no change" when asking how their current attitudes compared with their feelings before they moved to single-sex classrooms. Forced to choose between "increase" and "decrease" for questions about their motivation and confidence since switching from coeducation, the students were more likely to pick the positive option. The younger students' glowing answers to every question in particular reflect the instinctive desire to please ...


The case for making the connection is made here, at the Philly Daily News. Frankly, I think of rap music in the same way I think of video games -- not helpful, but not the actual source of the problem....


Mimic what this Australian high school did: boost the reading and writing skills of boys, and you're guaranteed to raise the academic standard of the entire school. It's amazing so few U.S. schools have figured this out....


New York Times editorial does a good job summarizing the complex picture....


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