Publisher's Note: Don't forget the boys
By Jody Reese
Our education system has historically done a pretty bad job of educating our girls; however, in recent years, it’s boys who are lagging behind.
From seeing who are the valedictorians to looking on college campuses (almost 60 percent are women), boys just aren’t measuring up. There are many theories to why boys have been falling behind, including the canceling of energy-releasing activities such as recess and gym.
But I think our boy problem is more than just the changes to how we educate our kids in classrooms. The problem goes to what boys expect and what we expect out of them. Do we expect them to get good grades or is it OK for a boy to be a goofball?
Not to overly pick on the hip-hop or country music culture (really one message in the same), but they give little importance to education. Reality TV shows similarly value outrageous behavior over a good job.
We’re not going to change hip-hop or country music or end the reality show genre, but we can make sure our boys know what behavior is acceptable and where — and we can make sure that we expect good grades and a good job.