Boys Adrift

  • by Leonard Sax
  • Narrated by Malcolm Hillgartner
  • 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Something scary is happening to boys today. From kindergarten to college, they are less resilient and less ambitious than they were a mere 20 years ago. Fully one-third of men ages 22 to 34 are still living at home with their parents, about a 100 percent increase in the past 20 years. Boys nationwide are increasingly dropping out of school; fewer are going to college.Family physician and research psychologist Dr. Leonard Sax argues that a combination of social, cultural, and biological factors, ranging from environmental estrogens to the over-prescription of ADHD drugs, is creating an environment that is literally toxic to boys. Here, he presents his practical solutions, from new ways of controlling boys' use of video games to innovative education reforms.

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Has an agenda; still worthwhile.

I listened to this book with some trepidation; I am a former physician who left medicine to return to high school teaching, so Dr. Sax's book really rings important to me. The book addresses what I think is a very important topic, and often does so quite nicely. Dr. Sax makes very good points about ADD/ADHD drugs, both stimulant and non stimulant. He also raises excellent points about neurological development in boys and why the typical American school system may not be best for them. But he shifts later from supporting his ideas with scientific evidence to more of a "I know a kid who..." type case studies that he then generalizes far too much. I think as long as one goes into this book recognizing Dr. Sax's agenda (a push for same-sex education) and assesses the evidence for him/her self, this is a very worthwhile book. Just don't take every conclusion as gospel.
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- P. Scott Bennett "S. Bennett"

Startling, well-researched view...

of how US education has failed our sons. Relating stories and referring to well-documented studies that (sadly) reflect what I've personally witnessed in the young men in my life, it makes me angry to see the many ways the "one-size-fits-all" approach to so-called 'standardized' education has failed a nation of young men, among many other factors. A fascinating and disturbing read for anyone who cares about our new generation of men (and women) and the challenges they now face. It may already be too late for my own son, although I certainly plan to avail myself of Dr. Sax's helpful advice to what degree I can, even so.
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- KnightRanger

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-22-2008
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.