January 28, 2006

The Boy Era - It has finally begun!

It has really begun. In the last few weeks, the mainstream media has finally gotten on the boy bandwagon in a big way.

In the Jan. 30, 2006 issue of news week, there is a solid article on The Trouble With Boys. It focuses on boys difficulties in school as a result of how they are biologically, developmentally, and psychologically different from girls. It describes fascinating and current research on gender brain differences and points to a need for different learning/teaching styles that result.

As I mentioned in a previous post, on January 12, 2006, Public Television aired Raising Cain. Hosted by child psychologist Michael Thompson, Ph.D., co-author of the best-selling book Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Lives of Boys, this documentary explores the emotional development of boys in America today. It is another boy literate exploration of how boys are in trouble in America today. They probe the really hard questions like, who is responsible for this situation? How do we learn to listen to and support our boys? How can we guide them on the path to becoming responsible, caring men? You can view the video on line on the PBS website, or order the tape or DVD from PBS.

I don’t remember where I hear it, but it was said that the last 10 years have been about women and girls, and the next ten will be about men and boys. That era has begun.


  1. As a high school English teacher for the past ten years, I have first-hand experience with educating young men. I think that placing the blame on schools, or suggesting single-sexed classrooms is an oversimplified response. This is a very complex problem which needs to be addressed on many fronts. I see changes in teaching methods as helping, but I also feel that we need to look at the structure of the family as well. We have huge numbers of single-parent families in our country and no one can deny that this has an influence on how our children (both girls and boys) are being raised. As a society, what can we do help our children who are raised in single-parent homes? Is mentoring the answer?

    As a teacher, I have the responsibility to do my best to engage all of my students. I am doing this by using a variety of teaching methods and by making curricular choices that appeal to both sexes. As the mother of two boys, I am trying to foster a continual love of learning through modeling and example. I just hope that my efforts can make a difference, no matter how small.

  2. Peggy,
    You are one of my sheros. In your statement I can hear your passion and caring. I hope you never loose the faith that you're making a difference. You, doing what you can do with the gifts you've been given is your gift to the future. What would the world be like if everyone felt your caring for kids and gave a little piece of themselves? That's what the book I'm working on will do. Call men to find a way to have an (intentional and positive) influence in the lives of a boy or boys around them.

    Thanks for being you and caring. Please don't stop.



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