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The War Against Boys: How Misguided Policies are Harming Our Young Men | Christina Hoff Sommers
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An updated and revised edition of the controversial classicnow more relevant than everargues that boys are the ones languishing socially and academically, resulting in staggering social and economic costs. Girls and women were once second-class citizens in the nations schools. Americans responded w ith concerted efforts to give girls and women the attention and assistance that was long overdue. Now, after two major waves of feminism and decades of policy reform, women have made massive strides in education. Today they outperform men in nearly every measure of social, academic, and vocational well-being. Christina Hoff Sommers contends that its time to take a hard look at present-day realities and recognize that boys need help. Called provocative and controversial . . . impassioned and articulate (The Christian Science Monitor), this edition of The War Against Boys offers a new preface and six radically revised chapters, plus updates on the current status of boys throughout the book. Sommers argues that the problem of male underachievement is persistent and worsening. Among the new topics Sommers tackles: how the war against boys is harming our economic future, and how boy-averse trends such as the decline of recess and zero-tolerance disciplinary policies have turned our schools into hostile environments for boys. As our schools become more feelings-centered, risk-averse, competition-free, and sedentary, they move further and further from the characteristic needs of boys. She offers realistic, achievable solutions to these problems that include boy-friendly pedagogy, character and vocational education, and the choice of single-sex classrooms. The War Against Boys is an incisive, rigorous, and heartfelt argument in favor of recognizing and confronting a new reality: boys are languishing in education and the price of continued neglect is economically and socially prohibitive.
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The gap is growing and will affect us greatly. These boys are our sons and brothers and grandsons and future sons-in-law and fathers of our grandchildren. Making strides to bridge this gap today is not taking from the many and much needed strides that were made for girls yesterday, today, or tomorrow. An important work!

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Fas 👏🏼 cin 👏🏼 at 👏🏼 ing 👏🏼. As a mom of an active nine-year-old boy, I'm doing so much amen nodding.

Mommamanzi I will be picking this one up. I have two boys of my own. 9mo
Eggs As a teacher and counselor, I believe and have seen that boys are treated unfairly. They are overdiagnosed with behavioral labels and drugs and both boys & girls do not get enough recess 9mo
Erinreadsthebooks @Eggs I see it at the high school where I work as well, but I didn't recognize it as a problem until my son started school. He's "all boy" and all of the things he likes and needs (recess, competitive games in PE, play fighting, movement, noise) are taken away and seen as potential issues that need to be fixed. This book is eye opening for sure! 9mo
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