The French Broad River Academy, a boys school in North Carolina that focuses on outdoor education. I practically grew up along the French Broad River, spending time there every summer on the farm where my father grew up....


Don't get me wrong. I admire the foundation and applaud the work they do on behalf of black males. But when their latest report came out I immediately looked for their explanation for why black females fare so much better than black males. I examined the press release -- no mention, only comparisons to white males. Then I read the Education Week story. The same. Not only were there no explanations, there weren't numbers comparing black male/female graduation rates. At that point I called up the full report and began scanning. Nothing. Thinking I was missing something I entered "female"...


Your son may be loaded up with unnecessary ADHD meds only because he's the youngest in his kindergarten class....


In South Korea, 10,000 gather to watch top video gamers battle it out. From the article: For at least five years, the government has tried to combat Internet addiction through education for parents, counseling, discussions about alternative activities. "But these policies haven't been effective so far," said Kim Sung Byuk, an official at the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family. "So now the government is putting more force into the issue." Can we get one of those ministries ... Gender Equality?...


In 2008, only 28 percent graduated from high school....


The DOE's Office for Civil Rights surveyed the landscape looking for gender inequities to investigate and passed on the need to examine why four-year colleges are moving toward 60/40 (female-male) gender imbalances in graduation rates. Instead, these crack investigators settled on this, far more pressing issue: why, in basketball double headers, do the women always play the first game? Wait, I think I know the answer. If you're a federal bureaucrat, which investigative field trip would you choose: second grade classrooms to examine literacy instruction or the nearest college field house for a rocking good time on Friday night?...


Neurosexism, I just learned, is a term used by those rebutting the idea that men and women are profoundly different. expecially when it comes to learning. The author of Delusions of Gender, Cordelia Fine, embraces that idea (and presumably would take exception to the new single sex school that just opened in Berkeley. A review, which includes this: Delusions of Gender, by Cordelia Fine, argues that this prejudice is putting "unjustified obstacles" in the paths of children's education. Boys' language skills are being neglected because they are assumed to be bad at communicating, whiles girls are missing opportunities to develop ...


The appeal went out in the spring of 2009: Mr. President, there is a clear need to establish a White House Council on Men and Boys. Still waiting......


East Bay School for Boys in Berkeley illustrates the political neutrality of the movement to help boys. Contrary to what national feminist groups maintain, the movement is not a right wing conspiracy to peel back gains won by women. Rather, it's an attempt to arrest the declining interest boys are showing in school life. I'm not suggesting this school philosophy will necessarily work. What's needed is national research into what does, and doesn't, work for boys. But this is evidence of the growing recognition that something has to happen....


That's the bottom line of this treatise on why British boys lag behind. Some interesting stats from the piece: One of the headlines that will no doubt accompany this year's results, as it has for results of the past decade or more, is the fact that boys have performed in these exams less well than girls (or conversely that girls' grades have tended to rise, while boys' have marked time). That trend has lately seen 64% of girls achieve five A*-C grade GCSEs while only 54% of boys reach that benchmark. It has also seen half of young women ...


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