Boys Adrift

  • by Leonard Sax
  • Narrated by Allan Robertson
  • 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Something scary is happening to boys today. From kindergarten to college, American boys are, on average, less resilient and less ambitious than they were a mere 20 years ago. The gender gap in college attendance and graduation rates has widened dramatically. While Emily is working hard at school and getting A's, her brother, Justin, is goofing off. He's more concerned about getting to the next level in his video game than about finishing his homework.
Now, Dr. Leonard Sax delves into the scientific literature and draws on more than 20 years of clinical experience to explain why boys and young men are failing in school and disengaged at home. He shows how social, cultural, and biological factors have created an environment that is literally toxic to boys. He also presents practical solutions, sharing strategies that educators have found effective in reengaging these boys at school as well as handy tips for parents about everything from homework to video games to medication.

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plausible but full of faulty logic

Dr. Sax has written a book that includes some research but much more observational/anecdotal data from his own personal experience conflated as wide, group level facts.

This book is a good example that two different people can look at The same observation and walk away with a different conclusions. Some of the ideas in the book are valid, however.

Fundamentally, this book hits at the core of 'nature versus nurture' and seems to suggest that nurture should conform to nature without any aspiration to evolve to the next/higher level that might be feasible ad a society. This is stated because the book is not comprehensive but aims to provide gender segregated education ad a solution to problems that may need gender mixed experiential learning. e.g. a co-ed scouting group does a far better job of giving safe space for outdoor interactions than to segregate scouting. The intent is decent for Dr Sax but the solutions may require looking at the world around us differently.

There are many personal choices by the author regarding how to present data. For example, When speaking about enduring cultures, the author chose to completely ignore the far east cultures, which may have different lessons for the problems considered.

All in all, if you read the book read it with an open mind and try to see if your solutions might be different than those offered. At the end of the day, all the grownups amongst us have to tackle this problem so the future generations may benefit.
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- AS

parent must read.

excellent Book for a book club. multiple action items for parents to use helping their boys become productive members of society.
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- D. Shill

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-27-2017
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio