Boys Adrift by Ph.D, Leonard Sax M.D.

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Something scary is happening to boys today. From kindergarten to college, American boys are, on average, less resilient and less ambitious than they were a mere twenty years ago. The gender gap in college attendance and graduation rates has widened dramatically. While Emily is working hard at school and getting A’s, her brother Justin is goofing off. He’s more concerned about getting to the next level in his videogame than about finishing his homework. Now, Dr. Leonard Sax delves into the scientific literature and draws on more than twenty years of clinical experience to explain why boys and young men are failing in school and disengaged at home. He shows how social, cultural, and biological factors have created an environment that is literally toxic to boys. He also presents practical solutions, sharing strategies which educators have found effective in re-engaging these boys at school, as well as handy tips for parents about everything from homework, to videogames, to medication.

About Ph.D, Leonard Sax M.D.

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Leonard Sax, M.D., Ph.D., is a graduate of MIT and the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned both his Ph.D. (in psychology) and his M.D. He is founder and executive director of the National Association for Single Sex Public Education (NASSPE). His scholarly work has been published in a variety of prestigious journals, including American Psychologist, Educational Horizons, Behavioral Neuroscience, and the Journal of the American Medical Association. He has been a featured guest on CNN, PBS, The Today Show, Fox News, NPR's Talk of the Nation, and many other national and international programs. He lives with his wife and daughter in suburban Philadelphia.
Published January 6, 2009 by Basic Books. 290 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Parenting & Relationships, Professional & Technical, Self Help, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Something is wrong, and Dr. Sax believes he knows why American boys and young men can't find their way toward a purpose-filled life.

Feb 05 2009 | Read Full Review of Boys Adrift

Discerning Reader

For example, in discussing problems with discipline he writes, “Thirty years ago, if a boy cursed his parents and spit at his teacher, the neighbors might say that the boy was a disobedient brat who needed a good spanking.

Jun 04 2008 | Read Full Review of Boys Adrift

The American Catholic

Come to think of it, I think we ought to take a page out of Piers Morgan’s playbook and summon my best fake British accent and say “You really are an incredibly stupid man, aren’t you?” Yes, I think we need to start employing the “Act like one, get called one.” approach.

Nov 14 2012 | Read Full Review of Boys Adrift

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