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 twenty 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 ab...more
First of all, I will be aware that the public school system is "feminized". Sax, the author, says it would help parents and teachers al...more
It didn’t take like before I...more
Basically I think it comes down to the fact that we're ruining boys through co-ed education, ADD/ADHD misdiagnosis, video games, environmental estrogens, and missing male role models. And I think he's on to something. He makes a lot of sense. I hate it when people make sense when talking about bad things, l...more
Dr. Sax outlines in detail five factors that he claims are responsible for disengaging boys from school, life, and the real world of striving and achievement and loss. The five factors are 1) the feminization of the public school system, 2) video games, 3) medications for ADHD, 4) endocrine disruptors, and 5) the complex issues surrounding the transition from childhood to adulthood when so many positive role models for boys have been lost.
This was a fascinating book to read even if you don't en...more
The improved video game graphics and internet make for a perfect escape from a boring...more
The writing is fluid and conversational, and I like his writing voice because it's fair and measured. My only complaint about this book is that I wish he woul...more
Trying to raise young MEN in our current culture? What makes a real man? NOT someone who is still living off of his parents of wife so he can lounge around, it seems most people are in agreement upon that... The IQ of young men has been dropping since the 90's, while 'failure to launch' has doubled. Why?
This book gives a lot of food for thought, and is research-based. I am not convinced about the toxins yet (maybe I don't know w...more
My husband and I even purchased this book to use as a reference.
Boys Adrift isn't "how-to" parenting book. It brings up many issues that parents need to think about, ranging from ADHD medications, gaming, what motivates boys, and pornography.
1. An inadequate elementary education system.
2. Video Games
3. Improper use of ADHD medications and the like
4. Endocrine disruption in our environment
5. Lack of positive male role models
Not much about this...more
Here are my notes: don't start boys in kinder until they are ready (they will enjoy learning more and be more successful), boys need to have more experiential/hands on learning experiences (not in front of a computer), they need more contact with natur...more
Anyway, I read BOYS ADRIFT recently, after my brother-in-law finished it. He seemed to like it, thought it had direct application.
My boys are grown up and men now. That doesn't necessarily mean they're totally moored, but it does mean the responsibility, even any deleterious consequences to themselves and others therefrom if they're not, has more or less shifted entirely...more
As a Christian, the ultimate priority is that our boys learn to be like Christ. This is a secular book that will not teach one how to do that. However, this book looks at many issues that are affecting boys in the church, and addresses those accurately for the most part.
Dr. Leonard Sax discusses some of the contributing factors to the problems facing boys today. From disengaging from school and ADHD to "failure to launch" and lack of Manhood. This book was much better than Why Gender Matters: What Parents and Teachers Need to Kno...more
1. Video Games: Research on video games suggests that games stimulate a part of the brain called the nucleus accumbens in much the same way that crack cocaine affects the same area. The author also claims that in his experience, boys who are addicted to video games are also more likely to become addicted to porn...more
That being said, I'm glad I read this book. It's good to know what's going on out there in the culture of boys and parenting of boys. I appreciate his reasons for advocating separatin...more
Some boys are more drawn to feeling of doing something "important" that video games give them. Competitive sports may mitigate that for some boys. Our society has been minimizing the need for a majority of...more
Dr. Leonard Sax is saying there are five specific issues in todays society that are affecting the way our young men are turning out. More and more males are suffering from a "failure to launch" ... they are living at home longer, less likely to be interested in getting any kind of job, content to stay with mom and dad and do no...more
It was also interesting how strongly he feels about gender separate education as well as children starting school later and getting more hands on experience with nature.
Whether you have boys of your own or work with boys, I'd highly recommend this book as a resource for being able to help our young men survive the difficult transit...more
The book is chock-full of wild assertions without sufficient backing of reputable research and doesn't seem interested in uncovering underlying causes but seems satisfied with equating some of the symptoms with root causes. Many of his arguments don't hold up to any critical scrutiny.
And as if it wasn't ba...more
A cover story for TIM...more