Have you been inside a classroom lately? Who is most likely to get a D or an F on an assignment? Who is most likely to be considered a discipline problem? Who is most likely to have been diagnosed and/or on meds? If you guessed “a boy” to any of these, you’re right. Now, I’m not saying that these problems are exclusive to boys, nor am I saying that all boys run into these problems, but it does seem to be a bigger problem for boys than girls. It is a problem entirely of our own making.
With every decade we are increasingly more concerned with obesity, as we simultaneously improve our technologies: television, video games, computers. Likewise we have astronomical rates of ADHD. Are there legitimate cases of ADHD and other disorders? Certainly. I believe, however, that many of those who have been diagnosed are just simply boys. The problem isn’t with them, it’s with us and our lack of understanding their needs.
I’m not here to criticize our system of education, I was a public school teacher myself. What I want is to become an advocate for our boys, an advocate that the same zeal we put toward keeping girls from falling behind in math and science in the 90s should be applied to keeping boys from falling behind.
I’m furthering my study of boys with Michael Gurian’s “The Minds of Boys.” So far it’s a wonderful book. I realize I may never have to be an advocate for my boys, but the reality is, I may. I want to be prepared.
Please, let’s Save Our Boys.