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About Mike Andrews

Mike Andrews is a Husband, Father, Educator, Writer and Poet, born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Mike graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Social Science; and a Masters of Education in Counseling with a concentration in College Student Personnel Administration, both from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. Mike’s worked within the K-12, higher education, and non-profit systems all focused on making education accessible for all students. Currently, Mike works with an organization that empowers 9th – 12th grade boys in Washington, DC to graduate from high school and attend and graduate from college.

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  1. Welcome Mike! You have a fascinating background. I look forward to reading this section of The Good Men Project as well as contributing a story.

  2. Mike Andrews says:

    Thanks Marie. I’m very excited. We have a lot of work to do!

  3. Frankly, one-size-fits-all isn’t doing so well for our girls, either. I like the idea that the best education – and the most successful educators – are those which make young people see things from other perspectives than theirs, then carry that skill forward into adulthood. Hopefully when they themselves become the next generation of “old people” looking at hiphop’s replacement, they will retain enough of this vital skill to empathize. Unfortunately, too much of the educational system seems designed to box children in rather than freeing their minds.

    I hope you can elicit the kinds of responses from your readers that impact educators, particularly those working with our young men, in a positive way.

  4. I view myself as beyond the reach of the impact of most gender issues, but I have children just emerging from the education system. I hope you have a grasp of just how big a challenge you are confronting. I hope you are up for it .
    It would be nice if you did not adopt the posture of some of the pundits. Richard Whitmire, who has written on this subject extensively, inevitably turns to “how will our daughters find eligible mates” as his justification for addressing boys issues – 62 articles on his blog. I suppose its natural since he has daughters and no sons, but still… Are the boys themselves not sufficiently valuable to have their needs addressed? Perhaps he understands his audience best.
    ht tp://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/whyboysfail/
    He has an interesting assortment of categorized articles on the now dormant site.

    One of the things you might consider, if you have not already is this …
    ht tp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_defeat

    “Animal studies of within-species aggression … applying unnatural stressors (such as foot-shocks and restraint stress…”
    “Social defeat is a source of chronic stress in animals and humans, capable of causing significant changes in behaviour, brain functioning, physiology, neurotransmitter and hormone levels, and health (Bjorkqvist, 2001; Rohde, 2001; Allen & Badcock, 2003).”

    I suspect this is a component of the problem, and it is this that leads to sports involvement ( with some positive impacts), video game involvement, porn addiction, and school disengagement. Note that this appears to be taking place across the anglo-sphere, across races, and despite the naysayers, across SES strata as well.

    But I really am skeptical that any inroads can be made given the enshrined players, at least not for some considerable time – like generations.

    Good luck sir.

  5. Go get ‘em Mike… How can I help ?

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