Helping Boys Succeed in School

Helping Boys Succeed in School

by Terry W. Neu, Rich Weinfeld
     
 

Many parents and educators today are worried about the education of smart girls, especially in areas like math and science, but what about their male counterparts? According to a U.S. Census Bureau report (2004), boys drop out of school at a 25% higher rate than girls. In addition, the current trend sees more girls enrolling in college than boys. Boys need to be

Overview

Many parents and educators today are worried about the education of smart girls, especially in areas like math and science, but what about their male counterparts? According to a U.S. Census Bureau report (2004), boys drop out of school at a 25% higher rate than girls. In addition, the current trend sees more girls enrolling in college than boys. Boys need to be given the tools they need to succeed in school, including strategies for channeling their interests, keeping them actively engaged, increasing their participation in humanities classes like language arts, and dealing with the unique social and emotional problems they face in school. The authors, leaders in the field of education, combine field-tested strategies and advice with case studies of boys across the nation to give smart young boys and their parents a strong guide for ensuring boys' success in school and the future.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Lynne Farrell Stover
Answering the questions and concerns of parents and educators, this book provides a comprehensive guide to supporting the successful passage of male students into adulthood in ever-changing and complex educational institutions. The issues addressed are timely, and each chapter stands alone. Included are the predictable topics concerning reading, writing, mentoring, and athletics. Two strong chapters, "Bullying" and "Cracking the Boy Code," are especially eye-opening and should be required reading for all educators, veterans as well as those new to the classroom. Fortunately the theme of boys versus girls is not interwoven in the text. Nor is there a tirade on the current inadequacies of our school systems. Rather the authors explain how the male mind functions and how best to work with it for the betterment of the boy and the sanity of the adult. The case studies are relatable, realistic, and do not always end "happily ever after." Included are helpful and applicable end-of-the-chapter tools that feature checklists, evaluations, activities, decision-making tables, discussion guides and a commendable "Books Recommended for Boys by Boys" booklist. The informative and easily read text can be attributed to the different but complementary styles, interest, and expertise of the writing team. Weinfeld is the data expert, the facts guy. Neu, the storyteller, adds pathos and passion. It is a combination that makes for a relevant educational tool that parents of sons and teachers of boys would find in their best interest to read.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593631987
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
10/01/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,341,305
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

Meet the Author

National education leaders, Rich Weinfeld and Terry Neu, Ph.D., know firsthand that boys need special attention, accommodations, and advocacy in order to succeed in school. The authors delve into the causes and solutions to the problems boys face in school. Weinfeld was instrumental in coordinating the Montgomery County, MD, gifted and learning disabled program, which served many boys who were failing in their previous school experiences and provided these boys with the tools and confidence they needed to succeed. Neu, who currently serves as an assistant professor of education at Sacred Heart University, previously served as the coordinator of Project High Hopes, which pairs students with learning disabilities with mentors. Both authors are the fathers, coaches, and teachers of boys.

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