As a special holiday tribute to all of our favorite boys out there, I am offering a 3 part series on the social-emotional and learning challenges young boys face in today’s culture. The post below is the first of a three-part series in an effort to better understand boys as a unique entity.
Ali Carr- Chellman on TED Blog highlights 3 reasons why boys are out of sync with today’s school culture:
- “Zero tolerance” policies to violence, video gaming and how they are lived out- Have we gone too far when a high school Eagle Scout is suspended for carrying a pen knife in his car?
- Fewer male teachers- 93% of elementary school teachers are female, so at least 30 hours per week lack a male role model
- Kindergarten is the old second grade, resulting in a compressed curriculum that is counter productive to active boys who are forced to sit still to read and write
Did you know???
For every 100 girls, there are:
- 400-500 boys in reading resource programs
- 276 boys diagnosed with a learning disabilities
- 324 boys diagnosed with emotional disturbance
- 400 boys diagnosed with ADHD
- 350 boys suspended from school
- 331 boys expelled from school
Also noted….. 60% of bachelor degrees are awarded to females with rates expected to climb to 70% in the near future
For fascinating facts on why boys experience more learning challenges than girls, and what is needed to re-engage boys….
Click on the TED Story video link below:
Wishing everyone (our favorite girls included) a wonderful holiday season!
Watch for King’s Speech and Learning Center’s next blog post titled,
” Male Species, or Asperger’s?”