According to Leonard Sax, Ph.D., psychologist and author of Boys Adrift, believes American boys and young men face a crisis in education. He argues that, among other factors, boys enter the educational system cognitively behind, experience more informational learning and less experiential learning, and don’t have the team-oriented competitive opportunities with academics that will keep many boys motivated.
Michael Kimmel, sociologist at Stonybrook University and author of multiple novels about male culture believes it is less about the American school system affecting boys and more about male beliefs about intelligence and learning–namely that popular culture’s version of manhood tells young men that caring about school is not a masculine trait.
The Boys Initiative, a non-profit founded in 2008 and consisting of researchers, community members, and those interested in male issues is very direct:
Our male youth are in trouble.
Their school dropout rates are climbing. Their college completion rates are falling. As a group they are failing to adjust to a rapidly changing economy.
So what’s a boy to do?
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