We have already considered many strategies to counteract the five factors that are derailing so many boys and undermining the motivation of many young men. Now we’re going to pull those strategies together.
The First Factor: Changes in Education
If you and I had the resources and the authority to remake education, we could at least set a course that might assuage the harm being done to boys and girls by twenty-first-century educational practices. The first thing we’d do would be to restore kindergarten as kindergarten, so that every child’s first experience of schooling could be a positive experience. We’d push the emphasis on literacy and numeracy back to where it belongs, out of kindergarten and into first and second grade. We’d ...