September 28, 2008

What Are We Doing to Our Boys

In a recent Newsweek article titled, "Struggling School-Age Boys," the author says that today, ". . . one in five boys has such serious behavioral and emotional issues that their parents are talking it over with their pediatrician . . ." Apparently, the problem is that we've been blaming boys for their behavioral problems and the medicating them for ADHD as a solution. The more complicated but much more kind option is to look at what's happened to boys over the last ten or so years in schools and in their families.

The article suggests we may not be raising and educating our boys in ways that are appropriate to their natural processes of development. Maybe, just maybe, the wholesale drugging of boys isn't really the answer. Maybe the world of constant activities, competitive pressures, little creative play, and lots of study just isn't working for a whole lot of boys.

You can read the article at this link. The author of the article, Peg Tyre, is also the author of the book, "The Trouble With Boys: A Surprising Report Card On Our Sons, Their Problems at School and What Parents & Educators Must Do." Click here to find it at Amazon.com.

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