Are Boys Just Defective Girls?


The stats are in and it’s true, boys are doing worse in school overall. Is the problem that teachers are approaching boys and girls with a one size fits all approach to teaching, one now geared towards girls? What’s more, I would think that most girls will be able to relate to the things in this video directly.

The video suggests four things that might change the fortunes of school age boys.

1) Turn Boys Into Readers

Introduce boys to reading on topics that already interest them. I can’t recall a single book I read for class in middle school but I can remember every fantasy novel I read on my own.

2) Inspire The Male Imagination

TC’s readership is overwhelmingly female and TC built itself on the confessional style. This seems self explanatory.

3) Zero Out Zero Tolerance Policies

They don’t work for adults, why would they ever work for children? It’s a poor craftsman that blames their tools and this goes for every sector and profession, teachers and the education system included.

4) Bring Back Recess

This goes for everyone, boy or girl. All children need time outside and playing games.

I found this to be an interesting point of view and, as a former little boy, much of it spoke to me. Tell me what you think in the comments.

image – John Dyer