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
It didn’t take like before I...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
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
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.
Why is it so hard to get your son to move out of the house? Why does your nephew seem content with below-average grades and mediocre employment? Why did your neighb...more
I looked at his footnotes and many are NON peer reviewed links to his own articles. Absolutely zero research to support his theories. Further he mentions the increase in...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
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
Basically, Dr. Sax explains what he thinks are the reasons so many boys are less motivated and apathetic. Other reviewers here give a good list of these so I won't go into them too much. But he says boys are over-medicated, under-physical, affected by chemicals all around us - particularly in plastics, they play too many video games, and there d...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
Many of the ideas presented were not new by any means, but I appreciated the author's style and found myself engrossed in his message and thoughts.
I believe he identified key reasons for the lack-luster male in today's society and he then presented ways to fix the epidemic. I'm not generally...more
I think the problems with video games are closely linked to the problems with general consumerism in American culture. The satisfactions derived are neither hard-earned nor long-lasting. They are a form of mental masturbation that very rarely involves critical thinking. That being said, I don't...more
Found the first half perhaps most interesting, particular the chapter that introduced, or re-introduced to me Nietzsche's notion of "will to power". Also appreciated Sax's detailed discussion (both regarding the etymology and comparison of definitions) regarding the word "know". I do agree with him on that point.
I had to remember that Sax's does embrace, or at least gloss into, an essentialist...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
The book focuses on unmotivated boys and the reasons behind this very scary trend. Actually, many of the boys affected are now adults and you may know some underachievers, slackers,...more
I haven't been offended by...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
A cover story for TIM...more