BOYS' Education

Dr Peter West


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10 THINGS TEACHERS CAN DO TO HELP BOYS LEARN

1. TALK LESS. Boys are not terribly good listeners. Cut the words you use down to the absolute minimum. Get boys active early in the lesson. Avoid a long preamble. 2. GET BOYS DOING. Focus on – what will boys DO in this lesson? Most males are focused on action. It comes partly from their […]

WILD MEN AND ANGRY BOYS

Chris Lilley’s new show ANGRY BOYS was the most popular show on ABC TV so far this year. It’s being hailed as outrageous, in-your-face, and a work of genius. Some are finding it too confronting, or perhaps unfunny. It also points us to a twofold story about boys and men. On one hand we have […]

UNDERSTANDING TIGER WOODS: FINDING THE MAN BEHIND THE TIGER

So much has been written about Tiger Woods that any sane person is daunted by the task. Google tells the story: If Tiger Googled himself, he could read about himself all day for weeks. There are millions of entries for Tiger Woods jokes; millions for the Tiger Woods affair. And Tiger Woods’ women. There is […]

TROUBLE ON THE STREET

The recent riots in the UK make us ask questions. Could it happen here? What disturbances do we have on the street? And what can schools and parents do to stop them? Kids are huge consumers of TV, movies and video games. They mirror much of that behaviour when they go on the street. More […]

THE STRUGGLE TO HELP BOYS LEARN: SUCH A LONG JOURNEY!

I’ve been writing and doing research on boys’ learning for more than twenty years. It’s been such a long struggle! Why is this so? After all these years, we are still stuck. We still can’t agree on where to start. The feminist approach wants to blame boys for many problems in school. Boys are noisy, […]

TEN POINTS ABOUT MEN TODAY

Being a man used to be all about work. Men identified as farmers, bank clerks, plumbers, or teachers, as I found in Fathers, Sons and Lovers: Men Talk about Their Lives from the 1930s to Today. This is still true in part. Men used also to be part of a web of authority that kept […]

SHOULD WE MEDICATE OUR KIDS FOR ADHD?

4th January 2010 Thousands of kids around the western world are needlessly drugged every day. Last week Ms Nicola Roxon, Australian Federal Minister for Health, did something to lessen the problem. Ms Roxon announced the release of some significant documents from two bodies. The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) and National Health and Medical […]

HOW TO GET BOYS LEARNING

Schools are not succeeding in capturing the imagination and energy of many boys. Too many boys feel that school is a combination of a hostile authority and meaningless tasks. And governments are concerned because schools are not imparting to many boys the values governments wish them to learn – such as productivity, citizenship and helping […]

FOOTBALL, FIGHTING AND FEMINISM: SOME TRAPS FOR MEN TODAY

The latest Todd Carney incident is too awful to describe in any decent online journal. Let’s just say that here we have yet another incident of Rugby League footballers behaving badly- and the results are all over the newspapers and TV and Facebook. Football is just one of the “Fs” that trap men today and […]

ARE FATHERS MISSING IN ACTION IN TODAY’S FAMILIES?

November 10, 2014 In an address last week, Australia’s Social Services Minister, Kevin Andrews, stressed the need to support families. Judith Ireland at Fairfax Media wrote: Mr Andrews will talk of the importance of early intervention and prevention to avoid family breakups which he says increases the risks of child neglect and self-harm, and alcohol […]

BOYS AND BOOKS

Boys and books? Where would we start? Kids need to start reading early. Younger boys enjoy sitting on your lap and sharing a story. Make reading a special time you share with kids. Some family favourites are “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and “The Great Big Enormous Turnip”. We would say to kids “In bed by […]

SOME CURRENT PROBLEMS FOR BOYS

It does not take very much wit to discern that boys in Australia are facing some real challenges. These challenges reflect the challenges faced by men. Men’s lives have changed. Once it was simple: perform, protect, provide. Look after your family, keep a job, play sport. That’s the recipe that men told me kept them […]

“LET’S PLAY A GAME OF FOOTY, SIR!” …

“LET’S PLAY A GAME OF FOOTY, SIR!”: WHY WE NEED MORE MALE TEACHERS Martin Spafford, a high school teacher in London, observes that boys are under siege. “Boys feel continually attacked for who they are. We have created a sense in school that masculinity is something bad”. (Hoff Sommers 2000:57). INTRODUCTION Why aren’t more men […]

LISTENING TO THE BOYS FROM KAHOOKA: A REPORT…

LISTENING TO THE BOYS FROM KAHOOKA: A REPORT ON A PROJECT IN AN AUSTRALIAN SUBURBAN SCHOOL INTRODUCTION CONTEXT Masculinity is always made in a time, a place, and in a culture or cultures. In Fathers, Sons and Lovers I’ve written about being a man in Penrith- a town that grew up near a river and […]

BEST PRACTICE IN BOYS’ EDUCATION: A SUMMARY…

BEST PRACTICE IN BOYS’ EDUCATION: A SUMMARY OF A REPORT FOR PARENTS AND EDUCATORS This Report summarises the Report of a Project done at The King’s School, Parramatta, Australia, where the author was Researcher in Residence over the years 2000-2003. It was written partly as a background paper for the House of Representatives Standing Committee […]

FROM TARZAN TO THE TERMINATOR

FROM TARZAN TO THE TERMINATOR: BOYS, MEN AND BODY IMAGE A WORK-INPROGRESS PAPER Originally published – http://www.researchgate.net/publication/237243988 AUTHOR: Peter Michael West University of Technology Sydney INTRODUCTION In a brief visit to Stockholm earlier this year, I happened to find a Nazi military officer’s hat in an antique store. It bore the sign of the swastika […]