Newsweek Article about Boys

I was intrigued by this article from Newsweek about struggling school-age boys, particularly in light of what I wrote yesterday.  The article doesn’t go into a lot of detail, but it does ask this question:

Could some of those changes we have embraced in our families, our communities and our schools be driving our sons crazy?

I will be seeking out the book.


5 Responses to “Newsweek Article about Boys”

  1. 1 Sally September 10, 2008 at 6:59 am

    Hmm. I read the sketchy article, and it sounds like the author is trying to blame standardized testing. Of course that’s the answer: blame the schools! (sarcastic smirk)

  2. 2 Becky September 10, 2008 at 9:59 am

    The article was sketchy. Did you read the promo for the book that I linked to at the bottom? I don’t think the problem is school except that schools are seen as the means to cure all problems and that’s too big a job for them.

  3. 3 The Nephew September 10, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    there is another book ‘Wild at Heart’ and the sequel ‘the Way of the Wild Heart’ by john eldredge (has really nothing to do with school, but it is all about boys and men in society today) they are christian books. russell and i have both read them. we have found much insight and guidance in them. they have helped russell in many areas personally and they have strenghtened our marriage. we also see many of his examples in the books played out while we are raising our son. they are books for men about men, but there is much information in there for women as well. reading them has brought much victory into our lives as well.

  4. 4 The Nephew September 10, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    That is one scary article! The world at large right now seems to think that it is vital that the new-age, humanistic mindset be pushed onto young men at the very first opportunity. They want men to be neutered, meek, and be ok with their wives using their screen names to post blog comments. (I know how that last one feels…) But seriously… I think that Peg Tyre’s article hit on something very, very, true when she said that “You can bet we are facing a problem that requires a more fundamental change in our society than medication or weekly therapy.” Don’t most writers and editors think that ‘Fundamental’ is a bad word these days?

  5. 5 Becky September 11, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    Thanks for your input. I was aware of the A.C. E. program, but I don’t know that the kids are there yet. Part of the problem is that there is only ten minutes of instruction, followed by thirty minutes of time where the kids are supposed to work independently. I have high school kids who can’t handle that! I will also check out Eldridge’s book or at least inform the kids of it. Hopefully, they are reading your comments….

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