Boys Will Not Be Boys—That’s an Order
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  • Kuze81

    “…style of learning that comes naturally to boys”
    -Above article
    “Nothing ‘comes naturally’! We’re all blank slates/social constructions. We can socialize whatever traits we want into human beings.”
    -Far too many academics

  • Pete

    Part of the political correctness craziness behind the war against boys is that, if boys are left to their own devices, they dominate.

    In schools, traditionally boys don’t dominate the earlier grades but they do in the upper level ones.

    The PC crowd can’t have that. They wanted a leveling effect, but the monster they created has slipped its chains and has resulted into a war against boys.

  • Corlyss

    “It comes out of a blue model educational philosophy that wants everyone to learn in the same conventional, Gradgrindian way that was developed during the Industrial Revolution.”

    I just can’t let this sloppy sociology stand unchallenged. Got research?

    The Blue Model education system was around a long time before the war on boys, which is largely a product of the feminist movement, the rage against patriarchy that underlies the feminist movement, the inability of schools for the last 30-40 years to deal effectively with discipline problems, the feminization of teacher cadres and school administrations, and the ruthless PC that pervades ed schools.

  • Anthony

    “This war on boys isn’t a standalone problem. It comes out of the blue model educational philosophy….

    The Blue Model (Fordist) for some remains influencing variable for post industrial institutional transitions (i.e., education relative to boys). But just maybe in this instance ‘cultural changes’ over last forty years are integral factor (variable) – society moving away from culture of toughening of boys, valor, bravery, male dominance, etc. I think Blue Model characterization solely may be amiss.

  • wigwag

    “This “war on boys” isn’t a standalone problem. It comes out of a blue model educational philosophy that wants everyone to learn in the same conventional, Gradgrindian way that was developed during the Industrial Revolution. No play, just the facts, please.” (Walter Russell Mead)

    What an asinine remark. What Professor Mead calls the “blue” model has been around for 100 years. For the vast majority of those years little boys have been playing cops and robbers and cowboys and Indians. We surely live in an age of political correctness run amok and surely some boys are being victimized by this. But blaming it on the “blue” model is just more evidence of Professor Mead’s unhealthy tendency to perseverate on things that don’t matter.

    Professor Mead; get a grip.

    • bpuharic

      Nicely put.

  • whiskey_199

    War on White boys. With Eric Holder suing school districts the incentive is to expel a White boy for eating a Pop Tart into a gun shape to match the Black kids suspension for assault.

    Fun fact: Tayvon Martin was transfered to Dads place in bargain to avoid suspension, expulsion, and assault in his Miami school for punching out a bus driver which is common behavior for Black kids.

    War on (White) boys is just to equalize suspension and expulsion rates for Black and White kids. Like tying Black sprinters feet together so White sprinters have a shot at winning.

    • Jack Klompus

      You’re an idiot.

  • USNK2

    well, this explains why cable tv never shows re-runs of the endless iterations of “Law & Order” and “CSI”; and primetime has no “NCIS” or “Blue Blood”s; and oh, well at least we now know why Clint Eastwood’s last film was about baseball, no guns.
    Ending with my salute to Elmore Leonard, whose fictional characters, U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens in a real Stetson, and childhood friend gone outlaw Boyd Crowder, on FX channel’s Appalachian Shakespeare drama “Justified”, continues the proud American tradition of cops and robbers, albeit set in Harlan County, Kentucky, where everyone has a gun.
    So, are US schools still teaching “Macbeth”???

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