For my book research, I visited the University of Maine at Farmington to take a look at what happens to campuses that become more than two thirds female. I still remember the dorm tour when I popped into a room where three guys were snacking and playing video games. What's it like for guys here? I asked. One student looked at me, smiled, and answered: sweeeet. Well, life got sweeter for him, as some women marched to win the right to go topless (isn't it still chilly there?). From Inside Higher Ed....


The New York Times on how technology impacts social relationships....


California has a tight budget, but there may be more than dollar savings at stake in this move. It might help boys. Thanks to Joe Manthey for passing along this article. It's not that early school always hurts boys; it's more that the way it's done in many places can trigger unintended consequences....


Thanks for Scott Steinbrecher for passing along this analysis of economic trends which deals with the special impact on males -- especially males lacking a college degree. Sound familiar?...


This oddly written piece in the New York Times about successful/unsuccessful charters (It would be news if Uncommon Schools couldn't replicate its success. The fact that most charters do no better, or even worse, than comparable neighborhood schools is not news) is still worth a read, mostly because it conveys the teaching rhythm found in elite charters. Williamsburg Collegiate is part of the Uncommon Schools network that includes Excellence Boys Charter School of Bedford Stuyvesant, which I profile in my book. These schools succeed with boys regardless of whether they are single sex or co-ed. Similar teaching approaches are ...


Here's an article by a talented education reporter at City Limits, Helen Zelon. What do single-sex boys schools attempt to do, compared to the girls' schools?...


Washingtonian Magazine wrote about it (sorry, no link available) and then This Week In Education. Anyone who has read Why Boys Fail already knows DC schools chancellor Michelle Rhee wrote a meaty, thoughtful foreword for the book. She gets that the gender gaps are important -- as any urban schools head should. Unfortunately, most superintendents are still rooted in the unbending race/poverty NCLB formula. That formula is their universe. Understandable, but that simplistic formula, which ignores gender, will never completely break them out of the racial learning gaps they are charged with eliminating. Can't blame them. The U.S. ...


When one of the top education writers in the country takes the time to read and review your book, you pay attention. Here's Jay Mathews from today's Washington Post. Jay makes some good points -- there are some aspects to a KIPP education that are especially boy friendly. He should know. Jay wrote the book on Kipp, Work Hard. Be Nice. It's also good that he raises the issue of older (beyond traditional college age) women returning to college at greater rates than older men. I looked into that; it's definitely true, but at the gender-skewed colleges I visited older ...


As a reader points out, Obama's fatherhood program -- the topic of one of my postings yesterday -- extends beyond the black community, as laid out in this Christian Science Monitor article. Still, when it comes to dealing with the problems boys are having in school, launching fatherhood initiatives amounts to a toe-in-the-water approach. Politically safe, yes. Feel-good politics, yes. Something that will make a dent in the problem? Not likely....


Central Falls High School, the academically troubled Rhode Island school in the news because of threats to replace its entire staff and start anew, has great sports teams. In my latest writing project I'm profiling an inner city high school where the athletic fields and gyms are worth more than the high school itself. Apparently, the athletic successes at this high school served to mask the absolute academic failures. Everyone, including the parents, seemed okay with that....


Advertisement

Recent Comments

Archives

Categories

Technorati

Technorati search

» Blogs that link here