I have been tremendously interested this year in how we educate boys. I began tutoring two students from an all boys school and I am a very interested in the differences in education between these students and those I work with every day at a co-ed private school.
I have made my own observations in over twenty years of working with adolescents. I am really interested to compare my thoughts with actual research. A few weeks ago, for the first time in years, I voluntarily joined a committee. It is a small group of educators that are going to look into the education of boys. Our first meeting is in two weeks. Before that time I am going to read the book The End of Men and watch the movie Raising Cain. I will take steps toward both today.
Two steps forward.
1. I stopped by the library and picked up the dvd of Raising Cain
I also learned that the author of the book Michael Thompson is speaking on Saturday night around the corner from us. I was excited to possibly get a babysitter and head over with Andrew. Wasn’t it meant to be that we were going to watch this and he is right here in town? No. Tickets are $100 a piece! We will be watching the video instead.
2. I downloaded and started listening to The End of Men.
Thus far I have definitely been challenged to examine our culture today with new glasses. I am not sure that I would say that I like the book, but I am interested in the research and it has already encouraged me to think more about who our boys are becoming and the role that women have in that process.