What ever happened to letting “boys be boys?”
Take these two cases: In one, a seven-year-old boy was sent home for nibbling a Pop Tart into a gun. In another, a teacher was so alarmed by a picture drawn by a student (of a sword fight), that the boy’s parents were summoned in for a conference. In short, boys in America’s schools are routinely punished for being active, competitive, and restless.
In other words, boys can no longer be boys. Christina Hoff Sommers, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, explains how we can change this.
Here are some ideas:
- Turn boys into readers, including comics and non-fiction — go to Guys Read;
- Let boys have fun with their “action stories”, with pirates, military and battles… the boys’ values are just fine;
- “Zero out” zero tolerance against boys’ minor acts of subordination, especially for innocent behavior;
- Bring back recess, boys need to move… and girls too (kids have lost more than 50% of their play time;
- Boys need to work off their energy, they need o play and they don’t learn by being sedentary.
We need to help our boys because with our girls, they’re our future!