What ever happened to letting “boys be boys?” Take these two cases: In one, a seven-year-old boy was sent home for nibbling a Pop Tart into a gun. In another, a teacher was so alarmed by a picture drawn by a student (of a sword fight), that the boy’s parents were summoned in for a conference. In short, boys in America’s schools are routinely punished for being active, competitive, and restless. In other words, boys can no longer be boys. Christina Hoff Sommers, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, explains how we can change this.

She has four suggestions to reverse the boy-averse trends.  

  1. Turn boys into readers. Reading is critical to workplace success.
  2. Inspire the male imagination: action! Sports! Monsters! Battles!
  3. No more zero tolerance. Boys are boys.
  4. Bring back recess. Boys need to work off their energy with outdoor games. 

Check out the video. Very thought-provoking!

Michael Cook

Michael Cook is the editor of MercatorNet. He lives in Sydney, Australia.