The Boy Crisis

The Boy Crisis

Why Our Boys Are Struggling And What We Can Do About It

Book - 2018
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What is the boy crisis?

It's a crisis of education. Worldwide, boys are 50 percent less likely than girls to meet basic proficiency in reading, math, and science.

It's a crisis of mental health. ADHD is on the rise. And as boys become young men, their suicide rates go from equal to girls to six times that of young women.

It's a crisis of fathering. Boys are growing up with less-involved fathers and are more likely to drop out of school, drink, do drugs, become delinquent, and end up in prison.

It's a crisis of purpose. Boys' old sense of purpose--being a warrior, a leader, or a sole breadwinner--are fading. Many bright boys are experiencing a "purpose void," feeling alienated, withdrawn, and addicted to immediate gratification.

So, what is The Boy Crisis? A comprehensive blueprint for what parents, teachers, and policymakers can do to help our sons become happier, healthier men, and fathers and leaders worthy of our respect.

Publisher: Dallas, TX :, BenBella Books, Inc.,, [2018]
ISBN: 9781942952718
Characteristics: xvi, 492 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Gray, John 1951-

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Oct 20, 2018

I found it very speculative in nature, without any science backing up any of this. Lots of pop science though.

For example, many (most?) references are to internet newspaper articles rather than scholarly papers. Sometimes he'll even cite the newspaper article ABOUT a research paper, rather than the research paper. The few statistics he does provide seem to be misleading. The statistic is true for some subset of the male population, but the writing hides this fact and tries to make it appear to be a statistic about the "young man" demographic the book is talking about.

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