Monday, April 13, 2009
Leonard Sax MD PhD is the founder and executive director of the National Association for Single Sex Public Education. His first book is called "Why Gender Matters". But for a change, I thought I would focus on the males and talk about his latest book called "Boys Adrift". In this book he shows 5 reasons boys are having behavioral and educational problems:
1. Video Games
Boys spend less time in the real world, like playing outside, where they can face real problems and use their imagination.
2. Public Education
Boys are pushed to learn and behave long before they are ready, at a time they just want to run around energetically.
3. Over-medication for Behavioural Problems
Boys are being over-prescribed for medications for disorders such as Attention Deficit Disorder.
4. Lack of Male Role Models
A boy without an active father might not have any role models and instead look to their friends, celebrities, and television characters. I would like to add that it doesn't help that divorce is a lot more common nowadays.
5. Toxins in Plastics
Dr. Sax shows how chemicals from plastics change boys' brains.
There you have it, both boys and girls have a lot to face!