Schools have become too risk averse, says this British education official. What's needed is more of a culture reflected in "The Dangerous Book for Boys."...


Delusions of Gender follows the same path of Pink Brain, Blue Brain, in disputing the idea that boy brains and girls brains are significantly different. The Washington Post reviews the book today. Oddly, the Post review treats the issue as a philosophical issue. The reality is that hundreds of schools now embrace brain-based learning styles in their single-sex classrooms. This entire experiment got launched without a shred of research by the U.S. Department of Education. I try to stay neutral on this one; I'm a reporter,not a neuroscientist. I've seen boys make progress in single-sex classrooms that use ...


Pretty important question, considering the number of public schools now experimenting with single-sex classes. The science on this question is by no means settled. Here's a UK author weighing in with "Delusions of Gender."...


A columnist offers her advice on turning around the 'end of men.'...


When teachers aren't trained to teach reading, the students who struggle the most with reading skills suffer the most. We're talking about boys....


Interesting research out of Australia: boys sent to "special" schools at six times the rate of girls. Those schools are dubbed "a fast track to prison." I'd be surprised if the U.S. numbers would look any different. Check out the interesting charts in this article....


Smartly written piece in the Independent (the best commentary on the boy troubles continues to come from England) on why young women are outdoing young men. From the piece: I have male friends, too. Some are doing just fine: they have jobs, they've moved out of parents' homes, they are the lucky few. Many, however, aren't. Of those male peers who are succeeding, many appear to have benefited from the arbitrary advantages one might expect. Wealthy parents, posh voices: these are the armbands of the successful young male graduate. Such attributes will boost anybody's prospects, but they are far more ...


Interesting review of the book at mensnewsdaily.com. From the review: ...Whitmire is at his best in laying out heartening news of huge strides made by educators who do tackle the issues head on. In Australia, reforms were instituted at one rural school after it was discovered that 75 percent of the girls were reaching the school's benchmark goals and only 30 percent of the boys were. The changes included special literary intervention for lagging students, a formal phonics program, teaching the staff to break down learning tasks into "chunks" to reach boys with limited organizational skills, starting single-sex classes, ...


Well, young single women anyway. Feminists hate this development because it draws attention away from their core issue -- the "pay gap" where men in (roughly) the same job out earn women. The operative word there is "roughly," which is why I stay away from that debate. This Slate writer goes right to the "pay gap" issue and then explains away the fact that young women are out earning young men only because they are better educated. Ummm...Isn't that the real point? Yes, they are better educated, which leads us the true bottom line, one that she doesn't get ...


Already, we have a ninth grade "bulge" full of boys unready for high school. Now, in Arizona, we'll have a third grade bulge, triggered by the all the boys unable to master the required literacy skills....


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