Right around the world, boys are worrying educators. Parents of boys are tired of going to speech nights and watching a procession of girls getting academic awards while boys fidget, waiting for the sports awards. And parents are badgering teachers about the problem.
Boys’ difficulties are tied to many social issues: the decline of fathering and alienation of many men from families; the fact that jails are at least ninety per cent filled with men; society’s tendency to see men as useless unless they are in paid work; the demonstrably worse health outcomes that men experience. Churches, extended families, and older men. used to help raise
children (West,1996a). As they decline, schools are expected to carry the burden. Yet half the school population, males, are disengaged from school. Many more boys than girls find school a
complete waste of time, UK research says....