Jump-starting Boys

Jump-starting Boys

Help your Reluctant Learner Find Success in School and Life

Paperback - 2013
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Everyone knows that boys are falling behind in education. Largely left out of the discussion are parents of boys, who are most aware that their bright, eager sons hit an invisible wall somewhere near fourth grade, after which they become disengaged, discouraged, and disaffected. There are dozens of books on underachieving boys, but most parents brave enough to lift one off the shelf are instantly intimidated by the footnotes, graphs, case studies, and academic-speak addressed almost entirely to educators. What about the average guilt-ridden, frustrated mother or father of an underachieving boy?

Jump-Starting Boys is the first book on the market that empowers parents, helping them reclaim the duties and rewards of raising their children and navigate the influences of school and media. Filled with reassurance and support, the authors turn fear and guilt into can-do confidence. Through easy tips and action list sidebars, this is the most practical, readable book on the topic.
Publisher: Berkeley, California : Viva Editions, [2013]
ISBN: 9781936740390
Characteristics: xx, 285 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Gill, Cynthia


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Feb 15, 2019

I hate this book. “The good news is that, on average, boys are slightly better at math and science than girls”.

I’m a parent of a school-aged boy and a school-aged-girl, both of whom are being raised in PhD central, Princeton.

I was hoping for insights to help encourage my kids when things get challenging, but this book is terrible. Girls sit and like reading quietly, boys fidgit and need activity, but schools don’t foster creativity and only appeal to sweet, kind, docile girl behaviour, not natural boy behaviour (ie girls will be gentle but bitchy girls and boys will be disgusting and disruptive boys,—the rampant sexism in this book is nauseating). Boys aren’t encouraged and thus get mean because, well, school is unmanly and then they become disgruntled adults who can’t find a date because they failed at school. The parents, having noticed potential problems in 4th grade, were happy their kid passed high school (9 years later), but now the kid won’t get a job, can’t get a date, is unmotivated, and still living in the basement. Maybe some of these overachieving girls, now women, might be okay with a stay at home partner, but this book doubts it.

That’s the first 3 chapters.

As a parent, I was hoping for something better than “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus” or “Defending the Caveman” for parents.

JCLColleenO Apr 16, 2014

The authors give practical, timely suggestions for parents to encourage their boys in school. It gives warning signs to look for to prevent a child from becoming disengaged, and ways for parents to prevent them from falling behind.


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