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Boys and School Outcomes

Boys and School Outcomes by TIM PATTEN

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Generalized injustice towards young boys of all races has reached crisis levels. In fact, it seems like many boys are simply being abandoned. According to Peg Tyre, influential feminist, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of The Trouble with Boys, as well as other scholars, including Edward Stephens MD, Dr. Warren Farrell and Dr. Miles Groth, educational institutions are failing young males in a major way.

As a result, many will find it increasingly difficult to realize their college and other dreams and become productive members of society. Some boys will discover a life of crime and violence.

Over the past five decades, many organizations and U.S. society more broadly has been directing a laser-like lens in one direction: identifying and resolving women’s issues and helping them to achieve greater parity with the opposite sex.

In many respects, such efforts have been wildly successful. They have spurred significant societal re-engineering and rising gender equality in schools and workplaces around the country.

But while the focus has been on making things much better for females, it has directed attention away from the struggles and needs of young males, treating them as if they are a nuisance or don’t really matter.

Society has developed a blind spot regarding the fact that many are not coping well and are doing poorly in school. Indeed, more than 7,000 young people drop out each day, with males representing a significant majority.

Simply put, the educational system is not looking after young boys or their needs.

When they grow up, many will face broken dreams and financial strains, and be drawn into lives of disappointment, endless struggles, and even crimes against society.

It is astounding to find that the so-called land of opportunity is overlooking so many individuals who will fail to achieve their ambitions and find happiness. As Ms. Tyre writes regarding a seven-year study of schoolchildren,

Boys in school begin to struggle with a pervasive all-encompassing underachievement, falling behind girls. They are being expelled at a rate of five times the number as girls in Head Start, Preschool and Kindergarten. At first and second grades, boys are being left back a grade at twice the rate as girls.

In the age of equality, it is disgraceful to discover that one gender is being disregarded, left uninspired and unable to keep pace.

Rather than providing support and seeking to understand the biological differences between boys and girls, many in authority seem to favor a reckless system where the former are given ADHD medications at a rate four times that of the latter to keep them in check.

Disturbed by natural male behavior, teachers and others favor treating hyperactivity and excited passion with drugs rather than teaching and compassion.

Indeed, instead of adapting classrooms and curricula to meet the needs of all children, schools are choosing approaches that cause boys to lag behind, rather than working on innovative teaching techniques that designed for the way they are.

As Ms. Tyre notes,

There is a displaced sense of a political correctness that we cannot talk about the differences between genders and be perceived as against girls. So we keep silent.

Beyond the political correctness of not upsetting girls imagine a nation of school boys who must navigate a mine field of possible conflicts, violence and worse.

From July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2014, the rate of serious violent victimization against student’s ages 12–18 was 24 serious violent victimizations per 1,000 students with 11 pushed into committing suicide.

Deadly violent acts were a total of 53 school-associated violent deaths in elementary and secondary schools in the United States. Our political and educational systems have overlooked boys who are encircled by unlawful and violent acts. This is a social construct where we must do better for our boys by reaching into our gut and acting.

There has become a lopsided approach to anything gender specific to address girls issues and role modeling for girls due to the fact that historically it has been women who were disenfranchised.

We have forgotten that boys are very different than girls and if boys grow unconnected to our society they are more likely to turn to substance abuse, aggressive behavior, violence and suicide.

Other experts are also sounding the alarm, including Factual Feminist and author of The War on Boys, Christina Hoff Sommers. She maintains that a misguided fear of downplaying girls’ accomplishments is one rationale behind the widespread failure to address boys’ needs.

“Despite popular belief,” she writes,

American boys lag behind girls in reading and writing ability, and they are less likely to go to college. Boys are falling out of the pipeline of education at high rates.

It’s high time, she adds, to take a hard look at present-day realities and recognize that boys need our help.

Simply put, with so much attention being focused on helping females, boys have become almost invisible–left to underachieve, with little in the way of institutional concern or a safety net.

Many of these young victims have had their self-esteem damaged and disrespected to the point where anti-social behavior is seemingly encouraged.

They are drawn to a future of hard labor, rap artists, drug dealers and wrongdoing. Girls, meanwhile, are institutionally and socially cheered on to become all that they can be.

Rubbing further salt into the wound, boys can’t help but see men depicted in the media and the arts as bad, faulty and in need of fixing, while females apparently have all the answers and never make mistakes.

Over time, the relentlessly negative drumbeat about male failings has almost become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Young boys look around and see few in authority taking interest in them or their gender, except those who choose delinquency, criminality and violence. It’s not long before many adopt the role that others have defined for them.

If society doesn’t try to right this wrong and restore some semblance of balance, the outlook is grim. To get things on track, boys must be afforded the same level of equality that women have demanded since the liberation movement began more than a half century ago. If not, young males invariably stand to lose out.

As Brown University sociologist Jayanti Owens has noted,

Boy’s early schooling difficulties lead to predictable poor life outcomes more for boys than for girls.

Dr. Edward Stephen’s Foundation for Male Studies is founding a new Charter School for the ‘engagement’ of boys based on the science of the male.

Simply put, that means that boys learn differently than girls and their life course is determined by how well or poorly they do in those initial years.

A brief glimpse at the science of the male shows that boys are not reading ready until year or more after girls. The net effect is that programs that sponsor reading and treat boys and girls as if they were equal doom the boys to feeling like school.

To play an added part in ensuring tragedies for boys don’t occur, we all need to consider supporting an effort aimed at ensuring the next generation, by signing up to the Foundation for Male Studies Charter School for Boys mailing list and supporting their efforts in any way we can, we can ensure our children’s future–and ours.

Go ahead: be a part of the next wave of educational exploration for human survival.

The fact is that we must reduce the incidents of boys living a life violence and crime. We must improve society by widening the laser-like lens and expanding perspectives so that boys are valued and manly virtuous aptitudes are included and encouraged.

Working alongside one another, we can deliver social fairness to boys and help them discover genuine masculinity and their rightful purpose in life.

One profound lesson we have learned over past decades is that social and institutional systems should never suppress or deny equality for any gender.

All our fates are interconnected; none of us will be overburdened if we can access all the resources, hope and opportunity that America has to offer young boys too.

 

 

Tim Patten has published the handy investment guide: MGTOW, Building Wealth and Power. He also wrote WHY I CHEAT11 campfire stories for men’s ears only. Both books are a celebration of masculinity and pay homage to the modern men’s liberation movement. Patten previously published a novel about establishing gender equality in professional sports, Roller Babes: 1950s Women of Roller Derby.

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3 Comments

  1. davey
    Posted August 9, 2016 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    Our forefathers had sex-segregated schooling when possible. Why have our parent’s generation abandoned this with such gusto? Was it an attempt to comply with some title ix nonsense or a sense to carry on the civil rights act?

    From my personal experience it was a complete disaster. Starting in secondary school at about age 15 almost the entire male focus was not on education but on entertaining and wooing their female counterparts. The athletic boys dropped their focus on education to maintain a required C average to focus on sports. The quick-witted boys capable of high intellectual pursuits turned their focus to verbal repartee, and show off their wit by class clowning with each other and causing class disruptions and insulting the educator. I knew several young men who would make excellent grades in part due to inner drive and pressure from their parents, but present to their friends and girls as average so as to avoid the stigma of the nerd tag. All of these were in direct response to combined-sex classrooms.

    I was unobservant at the time to notice the effects on girls.

    If I were at a segregated-sex public secondary school I probably would have chaffed under that system too and had complaints, but my first hand observations make me think combined-sex schooling is a disaster for boys during puberty. That is, if the goal is education.

    • Paul Muro
      Posted August 9, 2016 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

      I absolutely agree w you and I think we need a return to segregated-sex schools and you will see dramatic increases far and above females , in grades, accomplishment and achievement ! Misandry rules in today’s system …Something must be done .

  2. mike
    Posted August 16, 2016 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    “Men’s rights activists must wake up and realize that the time for trying to counter the hypocrisy with rationality – with essentially male arguments, using facts and truth, in the hope that sense will prevail – is not going to make any difference to the relentless feminist long march on men” -Herbert Purdy ICMI-16

    “Let us be clear, the removal of fathers from the lives of their children is … public … policy“. -Robert Franklin ICMI-14

    “The power to govern is a magnet for the predator class. That is why it is common for governments to evolve into crime syndicates. It is the nature of governments to expand their power. Since power leads to corruption, governments eventually become crime syndicates.” -G. Edward Griffen

    “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”
    -Albert Einstein

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