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by Peg Tyre

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Peg Tyre provides a sobering look at how the modern school system is failing boys. Boys nationwide, across all lines of wealth and poverty are straggling behind girls. Boys are less motivated, less inclined to participate in school activities. This goes from homework to extracurriculars (not including sports). Since so much effort has been put into supporting and promoting female success at school, the success of the boys has fallen by the wayside.

More at http://thenovelworld.com/2014/08/11/the-trouble-with-boys-by-peg-tyre/ ( )
  TheNovelWorld | Sep 5, 2014 |
From the beginning, I was really annoyed by the tone of Tyre's writing. It seemed like she was really talking down to her readers, saying things like "stay with me while I give you some important facts", etc. as if I couldn't pay attention through anything remotely scientific. But I did think some of her info was pretty interesting. This book draws attention to the ways that current education trends are failing boys. I have a very young son (19 months) and I felt that it was good to have some of these thoughts on the radar. The statistics are really shocking - even middle class, white boys are far behind the girls in their classes and standardized tests in EVERY subject, even science and math, traditionally thought to be "boy" subjects. This starts in pre-school where boys are expelled (you can be expelled from preschool?!!!!) at 4 times the rate of girls and continues through college where now males only make up about 40% of students, even with some "affirmative action" in favor of boys.

This was an interesting, if poorly written book. ( )
  japaul22 | Aug 10, 2014 |
This was a very interesting book about the disadvantages of boys in our society and educational system today. ( )
  proflinton | Jul 4, 2013 |
Written by an education reporter, this book covers data and analysis and proposes possible solutions for boys lagging behind in academics.
  AmronGravett | Feb 11, 2013 |
If you're a pre-K through high school teacher, this is a must-read. If you're considering becoming a pre-K through high school teacher, read this first. If you're an adjunct professor at the Community College of Denver, this will either convince you to become a crusader, or throw in the plunger and become a plumber. . . .

Someone once said, "There ain't gonna be any middle anymore." That's the attitude all teachers and professors need to take. As an instructor, there's much more at risk than attempting to make a student understand algebra. Our society is at risk, not the memorization of equations.

If you're a parent, you too will benefit greatly from this book. You share every teacher's burden and triumph.

And if that doesn't cue your interest, just watch the South Park episode "Scrotie McBoogerballs." It explains everything. . . . ( )
  NateJordon | Jul 12, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0307381285, Hardcover)

From the moment they step into the classroom, boys begin to struggle. They get expelled from preschool nearly five times more often than girls; in elementary school, they’re diagnosed with learning disorders four times as often. By eighth grade huge numbers are reading below basic level. And by high school, they’re heavily outnumbered in AP classes and, save for the realm of athletics, show indifference to most extra­curricular activities. Perhaps most alarmingly, boys now account for less than 43 percent of those enrolled in college, and the gap widens every semester!

The imbalance in higher education isn’t just a “boy problem,” though. Boys’ decreasing college attendance is bad news for girls, too, because ad­missions officers seeking balanced student bodies pass over girls in favor of boys. The growing gender imbalance in education portends massive shifts for the next generation: how much they make and whom they marry.

Interviewing hundreds of parents, kids, teachers, and experts, award-winning journalist Peg Tyre drills below the eye-catching statistics to examine how the educational system is failing our sons. She explores the convergence of culprits, from the emphasis on high-stress academics in preschool and kindergarten, when most boys just can’t tolerate sitting still, to the outright banning of recess, from the demands of No Child Left Behind, with its rigid emphasis on test-taking, to the boy-unfriendly modern curriculum with its focus on writing about “feelings” and its purging of “high-action” reading material, from the rise of video gaming and schools’ unease with technology to the lack of male teachers as role models.

But this passionate, clearheaded book isn’t an exercise in finger-pointing. Tyre, the mother of two sons, offers notes from the front lines—the testimony of teachers and other school officials who are trying new techniques to motivate boys to learn again, one classroom at a time. The Trouble with Boys gives parents, educators, and anyone concerned about the state of education a manifesto for change—one we must undertake right away lest school be-come, for millions of boys, unalterably a “girl thing.”

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From the moment they step into the classroom, boys begin to struggle. By eighth grade huge numbers are reading below basic level. Perhaps most alarmingly, boys now account for less than 43 percent of those enrolled in college, and the gap widens every semester! The growing gender imbalance in education portends massive shifts for the next generation: how much they make and whom they marry. Interviewing parents, kids, teachers, and experts, journalist Peg Tyre drills below the statistics to examine how the educational system is failing our sons. But this passionate, clearheaded book isn't an exercise in finger-pointing. Tyre, the mother of two sons, offers the testimony of teachers and school officials who are trying new techniques to motivate boys to learn again, one classroom at a time. This book is a manifesto for change--one we must undertake right away lest school become, for millions of boys, unalterably a "girl thing."--From publisher description.… (more)

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