The Trouble with Boys

At the start of this school year, I was really worried that we were headed for trouble. Fletcher couldn’t hold still, couldn’t be quiet, couldn’t keep his hands to himself. He’s a boy – whacha gonna do? Lucky for us, his teacher (while quite strict) is also the mother of a boy. Lucky for her, too, since she has a class disproportionately full of them.

Not every boy is so lucky, and that’s a shame. This TED Talk by Ali Carr-Chellman spells out three reasons boys are tuning out of school in droves, and lays out her bold plan to re-engage them: bringing their culture into the classroom, with new rules that let boys be boys, and video games that teach as well as entertain. I’m not always on board with screen time, but I can’t say Fletcher didn’t learn a ton from playing PBS Kids online! It really is a shame that the quality educational games seem to disappear after pre-school.


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