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October 02, 2010

Dreaming of California?

Stop by to hear Joe Manthey and I discuss the boy troubles.

September 21, 2010

Why Boys Fail Interview

On the CommitmentNow site.

September 08, 2010

Meaty Review of 'Why Boys Fail'

bookphototiff.jpgInteresting review of the book at 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, and refusing to accept substandard work from boys. As a result, about 68 percent of the boys are now reaching the benchmarks, a dramatic improvement.
(One note to the reviewer: I wasn't really 'bewildered' by the illogical stances taken by national feminist groups...I was being sarcastic. Guess I didn't express that clearly.)

September 06, 2010

Student Attitudes Matter

What Samuelson misses in this Washington Post commentary is the large attitude gap by gender. As my book documents, that divide (high school seniors indicating their college aspirations) is only about 25 years old. Before that time, boys and girls had roughly the same aspirations. Today, there's a ...

July 22, 2010

Kristof Returns to the Gender Gaps

The End of Men? Not quite, concludes the New York Times columnist today, who nicely cites Why Boys Fail. From the column: My hunch is that we're moving into greater gender balance, not a fundamentally new imbalance in the other direction. Don't hold your breath for "the end of men." One reason is...

June 30, 2010

Harvard Education Letter takes on 'Why Boys Fail'

Michael Sadowski reviews the literature on the reading gaps and offers some guidance on boosting the reading abilities of boys. He also brings up something I should have included in the book, the 'Matthew Effect.' Most researchers agree that on average, boys develop the skills associated with readi...

June 03, 2010

Higher Education Gender Gap Issues

Diverse Issues In Higher Education reviews the literature on gender gaps, including Why Boys Fail.

May 22, 2010

Should Dads Do More Than Toss Footballs With Their Sons?

Uh, yes. And Mark Sherman in this column in Psychology Today lays out the reasons.

May 20, 2010

Couldn't Make the AEI Book Forum?

Here I am, talking about Why Boys Fail.

May 05, 2010

Come See Your Blogger on the Hot Seat

The American Enterprise Institute has graciously arranged a forum session on the gender gap issue May 17 4-5:30 p.m. I'll be on a panel with (thoughtful) skeptic Sara Mead, AEI scholar Christina Hoff Sommers (author of The War Against Boys) and possibly a college admissions officer to discuss the ...

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