Boys Adrift

Boys Adrift

The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men

Book - 2009
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Something scary is happening to boys today. From kindergarten to college, they are less resilient and less ambitious than they were a mere twenty years ago. As for young men, it turns out the film Failure to launch is not far from the truth. Fully one-third of men ages 22-34 are still living at home with their parents--about a 100 percent increase in the past twenty years. Boys nationwide are increasingly dropping out of school; fewer are going to college; and for the first time in American history, women are outnumbering men at undergraduate institutions three to two. Parents, teachers, and mental health professionals are worried about boys. But until now, no one has come up with good reasons for their decline--and, more important, with workable solutions to reverse this troubling trend. Now, family physician and research psychologist Dr. Leonard Sax delves into the scientific literature and draws on his vast clinical experience to propose an entirely original view of why boys and young men are failing in school and at home. He argues that a combination of social, cultural, and biological factors is creating an environment that is literally toxic to boys, ranging from environmental estrogens to the over-prescription of ADHD drugs. And he presents practical solutions--from new ways of controlling boys' use of video games, to innovative (and workable) education reforms.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2009.
ISBN: 9780465072101
Characteristics: xi, 273 p. ; 20 cm.


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Dec 18, 2018

A fantastic book that should be required reading for all parents. The modern public school system has it all wrong.

Sep 21, 2018

I picked up this book because I have a young, energetic boy. I am an advocate for boys and outdoor play.

Jul 12, 2016

Really great book. Gave me things to think about regarding society as well as myself. Highly recommend for EVERYONE to read.

Aug 01, 2015

This book should be required reading for all parents of boys. A tough, clear-headed look at the reality of the current education system and the ruined lives it leaves in its wake. I have two boys who are almost out of the system. Whatever I've done to make them self-confident, inquiring, resourceful human beings is constantly being undone in school.

renabackstrom Dec 03, 2010

This book helped me not only to understand my two sons a little better, it also helped me understand my husband a little better as well.

Nov 13, 2010

I would wish for this to be required reading for all parents, grandparents and teachers.


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