In his popular book Oh Boy!, author Francis Wardle writes:
"I think a radical change is needed in order to fully meet the needs of young boys. A place to start is recognizing that typical boy behaviors like lack of attention, risk taking, poor emotional regulation, full body movement, and messy exploration of the physical world, are the norm, and not the exception.”
And in an article in US News and World Report, author Lauren Camera addressed the same issue: “The way schools respond to boys’ behaviors plays a significant role in shaping their educational outcomes years later. In fact, behavioral problems in early childhood have a larger negative effect on high school and college completion rates for boys than girls, according to a study from Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. They’re also less likely to learn and more likely to be held back in school.
‘It suggests that something is going on in the school context that makes boys bear the brunt of school sanctioning,’ says Jayanti Owens, assistant professor of sociology and public affairs at Brown and author of the report, published by the American Sociological Association and the Sociology of Education.”
Source: “Boys Bear the Brunt of School Discipline,” by Lauren Camera, US News and World Report. June 22, 2016
Strategies for Teaching Boys in Early Childhood
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I am glad to see ExchangeEveryDay revisiting issues of boys in our early childhood programs. While my book focuses on the challenges involved in matching the way young boys grow, develop, and learn within our early childhood programs - the environment - especially use of the outdoors, expectations, discipline, standards, instruction, and teacher--student interactions - I think, in today's context, it must also be acknowledged that Black and other minority boys face two challenges - being a boy, and being a minority boy.