Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Men, Boys, and Education

Check this video out (I originally posted this over at Ethecofem a week or so ago). Its Ali Carr-Chellman speaking on the problems that boys and men are having in education these days.

The thing is she brings up good stuff that needs to be talked about. I've noticed when it comes to talking about education its almost a sin to bring up the idea of helping boys. No I'm not trying to be like the people who actually do go overboard with it demands on helping boys to the direct detriment of girls and possibly not even helping boys in the first place. I'm talking about people who will look at the fact that boys are lagging behind girls in nearly every metric and then deny the fact that gender has anything to do with it.

And that's part of what she hits on. She talks about how the current in environment in schools seems to be totally out of sync with the boys of today. I'm not saying that the school systems should flip its scripts in order to help boys. I'm talking about actually paying attention to why boys are lagging behind rather than just writing them off as dumb jocks, trouble makers, or diagnosed as having some sort of disorder.

Pretty interesting. She didn't hit on everything that needs to be covered (but come on she only had about 12 minutes) but I think her talk serves as a good introduction to the big conversation that needs to happen on this topic.

What do you think?