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Innovative ideas for educating boys?

Dr. Leonard Sax has written a controversial book about bringing up boys and 'Factors Driving the Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men.'  Sax who is a family physician and research psychologist  argues that a combination of social, cultural, and biological factors,  is creating an environment that is literally toxic to boys. In the book he presents his practical solutions, from new ways of controlling boys' use of video games to innovative education reforms which he believes should START IN KINDERGARTEN or earlier.

"points to consider, all of which are covered in detail in this book:
1. An overemphasis on teaching boys to read and learn math earlier than ever, when the average age when the AVERAGE boy's brain is ready to handle this is not at the kindergarten level.

2. The role of video games

3. Over-reliance on ADD meds (far more commonly used for boys than girls).

4. A lack of positive role models for boys, especially in popular culture, tv and other areas.

5. The possible impact of plastics and other toxin on the biochemistry of boys.

Here's the BEST part of the book, in my opinion: the suggestions for ways that parents can become pro-active and make a difference, first by working with their own sons (or the men in their lives) and then by improving the schools, which desperately could use their help.

There are also many success stories in this book, serving as inspiration for parents. As the parent of THREE boys, I really related to this and thought the author made some good, strong points! "

This is a reader review by K. Corn as I myself have not read the book but only just ordered it when i heard about it and that it was an international best seller.
I would be interested to hear from you if you have read it and if you have put any of the suggestions into place especially as Dr Sax had done years of research into the topic and has more than twenty years of clinical experience.
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