Title:The War Against Boys: How Misguided Policies Are Harming Our Young Men
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In a newly updated and revised version of “The War Against Boys,” Christina Hoff Sommers takes a fresh look at the plight of boys in America. She offers concrete proof that America’s culture is rigged against boys, demonstrating that boys have fallen behind girls in nearly every academic and social measure, and the gap is widening, resulting in staggering social and economic costs. Sommers delves into, among other topics, how the war against boys is harming America’s economic future and how boy-averse trends such as the decline of recess and zero-tolerance disciplinary policies have turned America’s schools into hostile environments for boys.
- Follow the lead of the British and Australians, who have studied the problem of male underachievement and have adjusted their curricula to foster a more structured environment—including high expectations, more competition, frequent testing, and massive attention to organizational skills.
- Conduct more experiments with single-sex learning environments (Sommers exposes a misguided campaign by the American Civil Liberties Union to discredit single-sex education) in which teachers can use male-friendly reading material and teaching methods.
- Begin a national campaign to promote male literacy (in Britain and Australia, teachers and parents have access to lists of books that most teenage boys find irresistible. Sommers argues that America needs that as well.)
- Create more technical and vocational schools and programs that offer students rigorous academic high-school courses and specialized career training. Boys are thriving in programs such as aviation mechanics, computer repair, and engineering. Unfortunately, as Sommers shows, the US Department of Education is more likely to investigate these programs for enrolling too few girls rather than promote them on behalf of boys.
Praise for "The War Against Boys," First Edition:
“Ms. Sommers simply lines up her facts and shoots one bull’s-eye after another.”
-Melanie Kirkpatrick, The Wall Street Journal
“An incisive description of the heartbreaking violence done social science by polemicists who confuse righteousness with rightness.”
-Lionel Tiger, Author of "The Pursuit of Pleasure"
“Christina Hoff Sommers has done something lethally deflating to the pretensions of the shriller sort of feminists; she looked at their evidence and found it lacking.”
-Linda Seebach, Los Angeles Daily News
“Sommers’ voice is brashly confrontational; her approach is both investigative and polemical. But one need not accept her politics to appreciate the best of her book: its critical reporting.”
-Dierdre English, The Washington Post
Christina Hoff Sommers is a resident scholar at AEI. A former philosophy professor, Sommers has written for numerous publications and is the author of "Who Stole Feminism? How Women Have Betrayed Women" (Simon & Schuster, 1994).