Embed from Getty Images
If you have been blessed with the additions of both a boy and a girl to your family, and if you carefully follow the educational progress of the children you might have noticed the fact that your little girl has tended to excel in certain subjects and simply learn faster than her brother.
If you have seen this, don’t fret. Several reliable sources have stated that boys and girls do have different styles of learning and physical capabilities. This article will discuss several personal points which young men are likely to confront during the education process but will try to avoid the topic of paying for higher education, an issue which nearly all students are troubled with.
Young Boys are at a Disadvantage
The differences are most notable in young children; by about age 16, the learning capabilities between the sexes are hardly detectable. However, during the early years of mental development, boys become mature at a slower rate than girls. This is because the part of the brain called the hippocampus grows more quickly in female children.
Even though a young boy might not learn at the same pace as his sister, he is still going to be able to understand a lot of stuff, and he is still going to have feelings like anybody else. Noticing that a girl is better at something than he is could be discouraging, and eventually the boy might lose interest in competing in education, thereby not applying himself. In a case like this, as in many areas of early child development, discipline of some sort may be necessary.
For almost all students, regardless of their age or gender, a lively teacher with an engaging message is enormously popular, or at least popular as far as school is concerned. Required periods of PE ought to be implemented between classes if they are already not. Exercise gets people revved up, especially kids.
It gets the blood and other bodily juices pumping, putting the brain in an optimum state of operation. So a little exercise right before an exam is not only beneficial to boys and young men, but to all the students. If a boy seems to excel in sports and have a particular enjoyment of playing a certain game I would encourage that interest.
By the end of high school if the boy still shows a tendency toward sports I would be inclined to suggest he look into sports scholarships at a university of his choice. People never get tired of watching football or basketball no matter how many injuries occur. Superb players are always going to be sought after.
Handling a Boy’s Simple Disinterest
I have almost always had a dislike for being forced to learn things that do not interest me or that I am not too good at. It is one of those habits I need to improve, and chances are other boys have struggled and continue to struggle with this concept. In my case, I find some of the oddest, most insignificant facts to be interesting.
I believe if a boy shows an interest in anything that sparked his curiosity and that could one day turn into a job, then the parent should fuel that spark, urging the boy to learn more about whatever it is that aroused his attention. Of course, in a public school environment, it would be rather difficult to cater to a million different interests. So as a parent, you should help your son at home in researching the subject which piques his interest.
There are other ways to help educate your child in pursuing a career option. For instance, if he shows a liking for science take your grade-schooler to a few summer science classes where he can learn alongside peers his own age. Online courses can also be an effective method for learning. As the young man progresses in his studies he can begin to sign up for higher education courses covering the topics which interest him.
Higher Education for Higher Employment
Eventually, whether he voices it aloud or not, almost every young man is going to start thinking to himself, “Why do I need to graduate from high school? Why should I go on to continue my education for several more years? Why can’t I work at McDonald’s for the next 65 years?”
Thus, sooner or later you should get around to explaining why his education is important and how it will help him in life. Chances are, at some point in the life of your teen, the young adult is going to find employment somewhere while simultaneously trying to keep up with his school subjects. This is a very difficult time in life for every human being. It might be droll, discouraging, even depressing.
Remind him that his parents aren’t always going to be there for him. He needs to realize that to thoroughly provide for himself or eventually a family of his own, he needs to have a job which pays more than minimum wage. In order to be able to acquire a higher paying position, one usually needs specific schooling or training to get the proper credentials, the working talents of a particular trade. And a college level education is the best way to go about achieving such credibility, even if it’s pretty costly.
In the end, a structured and thorough education is going to take time. It’s going to take a toll on the student and perhaps even a bigger toll on the parent of the student. The process will cover an emotional time for you and your son. It’s difficult, but life as a whole is difficult. You are going to have to be tough and touching at the same time with your kid. To keep a student on track, it is going to take the initiatives of the teachers, the parents, and the student himself.
What’s your take on what you just read? Comment below or write a response and submit to us your own point of view or reaction here at the red box, below, which links to our submissions portal.
If you believe in the work we are doing here at The Good Men Project, please join us as a Premium Member, today.
All Premium Members get to view The Good Men Project with NO ADS.
A $50 annual membership gives you an all-access pass. You can be a part of every call, group, class, and community.
A $25 annual membership gives you access to one class, one Social Interest group, and our online communities.
A $12 annual membership gives you access to our Friday calls with the publisher, our online community.
Register New Account
Need more info? A complete list of benefits is here.
Photo credit: Getty Images