You Are Not Alone

Have you ever wondered if you were the only one who had to say some outrageous things? I have. Nathan Ripperger is a videographer and graphic designer who lives with his wife and five boys in Iowa. He has put together a book of statements he has made over the years.

I am nearly certain I have said one or more of these which are posted as examples from his facebook page ( Continue reading You Are Not Alone

Boys Adrift – Book Review

Because I have been facing some health issues over the last few months I have been forced to trim my activities thus leaving more time for reading.

One book I have recently read: Boys Adrift, The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Youn Men,  by Leonard Sax, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Sax outlines 5 concerns:

  • Schools
  • Video Games
  • Medications for ADHD
  • Endocrine Disruptors
  • Need for Men to lead Boys to Manhood in an Organized, Purposeful Way

I enjoyed the book and found it very helpful. Dr. Sax follows the recent psychological trend in attempting to assign possible evolutionary reasons for observed or measurable behaviors and trends. This is unfortunate since the research and observations are excellent.

Perhaps what I found most encouraging from reading Boys Adrift was a confirmation of many of the concerns that I have had over the last 20 years in Education. I have long felt that our young men have been forced to conform to a school environment tailored for the typical girl. I have watched as nearly all action and exciting literature has been removed and replaced with cute, sweet, relationship oriented literature. Many libraries have been cleansed of “aggressive” stories leading to boredom for our boys. Desks and environments have been crafted leaving little room for fidgeting and no space for large physical movement. Even playgrounds have been toned down for fear of children hurting themselves. In the name of cooperative play and lessening aggression many of the activities and games that boys love and enjoy have been removed.

Dr. Sax outlines clear concerns backing them up with common sense steps that can be taken to help our boys and young men.

If you are a parent of a boy or a teacher, I highly recommend the book. Dr. Sax will challenge many commonly held assumptions as well as challenge the stronghold academic assumptions that learning and growth are not affected by gender.

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