Family physician and research psychologist Dr. Leonard Sax argues that a combination of social, cultural, and biological factors, ranging from environmental estrogens to the over-prescription of ADHD drugs, is creating an environment that is literally toxic to boys. Here, he presents his practical solutions, from new ways of controlling boys' use of video games to innovative education reforms.
©2007 Leonard Sax; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Yes. Although there are sections that just did not resonate with me, overall it's a valuable listen for any parent, grandparent, guardian or teacher that has child diagnosed with ADHD.
This book gives great insight into what the problem may be in today's make students and stresses on teams and competition as a way to save them. If you have young sons this is a great way to get information on ideas on how to help raise them. This book makes lots of sense. It also encourages parents to take those video games away. They sap the motivation and drive right out of your children.
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5 reasons for boys failure in school or failure to launch
Never heard of him before; but the changes in tone and pitch in his voice made it worthwhile to listen to verses a monotone voice.
bottled water and video games
I have a 21 year old daughter with plenty of male friends who are not doing anything with their lives. For example, one finished a very good college in three years, including some time in China, and now he is working at a big box store. I read this because I wanted to prevent that happening to my 16 year old son. Well, let me tell you, he is being weaned off those games. The author has suggestions for how to get them interested in other things - not an easy task.
After the first few hours of the book, I was exclaiming at the dinner table about all the facts and how it made perfect sense. There is an actual part of the brain that has to do with motivation that is adversely affected by the incredibly violent realistic games!!! I read another Audible review that didn't care for it when he got into less scientific areas, but some of the letters he received, really hit a nerve and made sense to me as to explaining why even older guys play them. I am so glad I read this now, and can only wish it was a few years ago. I've already recommended it to someone else with a problem nephew.
The book is written in a sort of epidemic/crisis format- very much encouraging the reader to take this matter seriously, with useful tips for parents of young boys. Sadly, it doesn't provide much help for how to handle adult men who are the result of these "five factors." Much of the analysis surrounds the formative years of a boy's life, encouraging parents to find a school that fits their son, rather than trying to make their son fit a school. The author discourages use of medication for ADHD, drinking out of bottles that contain certain types of plastic, and using video games and computer time as a substitute for real-life learning and experience.
I do not have children, but I still found this book to be extremely interesting, and I'm looking forward to listening to other books by this author. The narration was very good too.
I recommended this book to my friends who are teachers, and/or who have sons. For those who aren't directly concerned with boys and young men today- I don't know how interesting you'll find the book.
I was stunned to listen to the author's findings. I hope that perhaps more of our educators and parents will read/listen to this book. The idea that we have created an environment which will or has changed our future men into future milktoasts is depressing. But, the author does give us ideas for change and room to hope.
It provided some interesting ideas and theories as to why we have such a large number of unmotivated boys in today's society. As the mother of a 2 year boy it gave me a different perspective of ways to help continue to make learning fun for him. I did like the part about a separate school for boys only (there has always been more of this focus of a female segregated school and less on boys only education environment). Unfortunately, there are very few schools nearby who offer this
It's sort of a combination of a Malcolm Gladwell-style popular science book and a parenting technique book. A good combination.
I thought the discussion of male role models - and the lack thereof - in our society was quite moving and useful
The way that video games can sap motivation by providing a false sense of accomplishment.
A useful, if slightly scary book. A must read for parents of sons.
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I would encourage any parent of boy(s) or young men to listen to this. Well worth the money and time spent.
I loved [perhaps loved being enlightened about] the part about our schools/teachers pushing kids away from trade schools toward college. My father wanted better things for me like college.
College isn't right for all boys and face it, plumber's jobs can't be moved to India like computer programmer's.
While I usually read/listen mostly SciFi and Urban Fantasy this might be the best book I have listened to yet!
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