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Bringing Up Boys by James C. Dobson
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May 01, 09

Read in January, 2001

Excellent defense of everything boy. Opens with great examples of ways in which boys and girls differ and why that is and why it matters.

Dobson understands the problems boys face in school, particularly, and why the institution is inherently feminized, not because so many teachers are female, but because schools cater to female strengths, like sitting still and working with fingers, rather than larger movements and more active pursuits. And Dobson does not argue that any of that is wrong--it's just the way it is. Parents of boys will simply need to understand it and try to help their sons through it.

I especially enjoyed his discussions of manhood and how a boy gets there.
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