Wednesday, June 19, 2013

A reason to homeschool your boys - because public schools want them to act like girls

Jessica Lehey has a nice article at The Atlantic on Stop Penalizing Boys for Not Being Able to Sit Still at School.  She summarizes some of the problems with how public schools treat boys with:

Something is rotten in the state of boys' education, and I can't help but suspect that the pattern I have seen in my classroom may have something to do with a collective failure to adequately educate boys. The statistics are grim. According to the book Reaching Boys, Teaching Boys: Strategies That Work and Why, boys are kept back in schools at twice the rate of girls. Boys get expelled from preschool nearly five times more often than girls. Boys are diagnosed with learning disorders and attention problems at nearly four times the rate of girls. They do less homework and get a greater proportion of the low grades. Boys are more likely to drop out of school, and make up only 43 percent of college students. Furthermore, boys are nearly three times as likely as girls to be diagnosed with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Considering 11 percent of U.S. children--6.4 million in all--have been diagnosed with a ADHD, that's a lot of boys bouncing around U.S. classrooms.

I am so glad we can homeschool my son and allow him to be a boy.

1 comment:

Alonzo said...

This is cool!