Christina Hoff Sommers: helping boys succeed in school

A great educational video on the War on Boys – what is happening to our future men.

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An article from the leftist Time magazine by feminist Christina Hoff Sommers.

Excerpt:

Being a boy can be a serious liability in today’s classroom. As a group, boys are noisy, rowdy and hard to manage. Many are messy, disorganized and won’t sit still. Young male rambunctiousness, according to a recent study, leads teachers to underestimate their intellectual and academic abilities. “Girl behavior is the gold standard in schools,” says psychologist Michael Thompson. “Boys are treated like defective girls.”

These “defective girls” are not faring well academically. Compared with girls, boys earn lower grades, win fewer honors and are less likely to go to college. One education expert has quipped that if current trends continue, the last male will graduate from college in 2068. In today’s knowledge-based economy, success in the classroom has never been more crucial to a young person’s life prospects. Women are adapting; men are not.

Some may say, “Too bad for…

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2 thoughts on “Christina Hoff Sommers: helping boys succeed in school

  1. Of course, she’s right. But I’m more cynical. I believe that the results are by design. Therefore, those parents who choose to enroll their kids in a school like this ought to find ways to counter the instruction that clearly is about disincentivizing boys to read, to be leaders, to be entrepreneurs, etc., or otherwise define themselves, while meanwhile encouraging girls to believe that they’re smart just for showing up. I understand that not everyone can home school but I find that to be a tremendous gift for a child.

    I think it is also a mistake to assume that these girls are advantaged by being conditioned to be addicted to compliments. Isn’t that exactly what the pick-up artists capitalize on? However, those kids who are not home-schooled who are taught how to resist the programming might have the greatest advantage of all because they can blend in without being blended. Courage of one’s own convictions even in a sea of ridicule is a rare strength. But that’s a lot to ask of a child.

  2. You might be right… I’m home-schooling my son right now, but he’s really advanced for a 4 year old…. He’s doing Kinder (age 5-6) and even some first grade (7-8 age) math and language/reading & writing.

    I have 2 mommy friends that put their boys in a special charter school for science and technology – the moms both really love what they are seeing develop in their boys because of that. So I’m going to go that route for next year when he’s ok for Kinder. But I do worry a little that he might be bored since I’ve worked with him over many things, but then again, this charter school has the option for advanced classes and special clubs (like robotics, legos, etc.).

    It just sounds like a really great school for boys (or girls that are more mathematically/scientifically inclined).

    You’re spot on about the Pick up artists….

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