Monday, January 23, 2006

The Trouble With Boys

Newsweek's cover story brings up the problems boys are having in school these days. Based on my own experiences, this is indeed a big problem in education, and worthy of some attention. Lest some shriek that if we pay too much attention to boys that girls will lose their hard-earned gains, let me point out that disengaged, disruptive boys in the classroom hurt the girls as well as themselves.

I like the idea that a few schools are starting to do -- forming some single sex classes within a coed school. That way teachers can better tailor their lessons to their students, but the students still have that important interaction with the opposite sex at lunch, recess, and maybe a few subjects. Plus it doesn't cost anything!

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