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Why schools are failing our boys

Now that I have more information about boys and school I am finding more articles and information on the subject.  In this piece, today on the Washington Post,  the author hits the high points of the common argument and quickly.  Check some of the related links at the bottom of the article, there is more information.

The most important thing to me is that it is already positively impacting my classroom in just a few short days, I have a long, long way to go and a lot of habits to change both subtly and more overtly; however, this is worth tackling and I am pleased to work on continuously improving.

My guess, I said, was that he was upset about having to be back in school after break. I was right.

The lack of movement and rigid restrictions associated with modern schooling are killing my son’s soul.

Does that sound dramatic to you? Perhaps. After all, most of us go through school and somehow survive more or less intact. But if you really think about it, you might remember what you hated about school. You might remember that it took you years after school to rediscover your own soul and passions, and the courage to pursue them.

The stress of school, of trying to fit into an environment that asks him to suppress the best parts of himself, recently had my son in tears. Again.