Christina Hoff Sommers, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute says “being a normal boy is a serious liability in today’s classroom.”
Sommers offers four boy-friendly reforms grade school classrooms could make:
1. Turn boys into readers. Boys will read if given materials that interest them. If you’re looking for suggestions for books that have proved irresistible to boys go to boysread.org.
2. Inspire the male imagination. If boys are constantly subject to disapproval for their interests and enthusiasms, they are likely to become disengaged and lag further behind. Our schools need to work with, not against, the kinetic imaginations of boys.
3. Zero out zero-tolerance. Boys are nearly five times more likely to be expelled from preschool than girls. And in grades K-12, boys account for nearly 70% of suspensions, now this is often for minor acts of insubordination and sometimes for entirely innocent behavior.
4. Bring back recess. Boys need to work off their energy. They need to be free to play games they enjoy. And keeping them cooped up inside all day will not help them learn.
The Boy Brains & Engagement Conference will help educators understand the unique neurochemistry of the male brain. Keynotes and breakout sessions will provide practical strategies for increasing engagement and enhancing academic success.