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.
This book was so insightful. It addressed so many of the issues boys/men and there families are dealing with today. Read this and you will know your not alone.
This author, a physician and a psychologist, promotes rational thinking in dealing with boys and society's acceptance of un motivated males.
Certainly good read, some facts felt one sided
Yes, though it shouldn't be the only material to make conclusions
In disclosure, I'm not a doctor and I do not have kids, I'm however affiliated with education industry through past administrative experience and through current board of trustees involvement in the charter school, I'm an emigrant and I was one of those kids who had a hard time sitting in one place. One part that I strongly agree with an author that people should try to avoid ADHD medication unless it is absolutely necessary and the disorder is diagnosed by a professional. I think there are some valid concerns about drinking from plastic bottles and I also agree that in many instances changing schools, environment (including changing teachers), adjusting how lessons are thought (standing vs sitting) etc... is certainly worth exploration. I also agree that college education might not be for everyone and learning a trade might be viable option for many man as well as women. At the same time, author makes, what felt like, a strong suggestion that the reason boys do not succeed in this country is due to medication they took as kids and suggests boys only schools as a solution since it will give boys an opportunity to be who they really are and brings examples from an Alaskan village where spending time with adult males as a role models in the past helped boys learn the trade of hunting sea lions... Although it was clear author used it as a metaphoric example to make a point boys need role models, still many people don't hunt sea lions these days and not all live in remote locations. Although, it is certainly evident that boys are currently on the declining streak compared to girls when it comes to college education and career success, it didn't fell author made compelling enough argument backed by a research that comes from correct sampling, rather an opinion.
We have experienced cultural transformation, particularly in US, in the past several decades and as a result women, in many cases, are competing for the same opportunities as men and that will undoubtedly affect ratios of men/women in the workforce etc..., it will probably level off at some point. Author also makes suggestions that other cultures might be more respectful and although I'm sure many will agree with this, many will also agree that in US parents' level of education, zip codes, income levels and other socioeconomic statuses of the boys, girls and their families are probably important driving factors in many cases.
In short, I think it is certainly worth reading this book, however one should keep an open mind as some of the remarks author makes in reference to cultural development and other religions are rather an opinion than a hard proven scientific fact and feels like bears a political agenda vs fact finding, hence 3 stars.
I am an eye doctor who loves to read about the brain and brain research. I enjoy a good novel or series from time to time also!
Wonderful information, backed up by science! It helps those who work with children see where the challenges lie. We, as a society, like to blame this or that for the problems of today's youth. This book helps identify specific action that we can take to help our young boys and men.
Balanced approach wherein the author validates his assertions with studies of actual cultures, and scientific studies.
Have not read others of a similar nature.
Very listenable, and with great modulation and inflection.
Middle class parents put far too much emphasis on academics, and far too little on the requisite transition from boyhood to manhood, and the necessary conditions that must ensue in order for boys to successfully navigate the entrance into adulthood.
American education is dominated by the teachers unions, which fail to recognized the failure of young men to launch, and have little incentives to address this issue and its impact on our society at large. Because of this, any ideas contained in this book have a formidable obstacle to overcome. It is highly unlikely that the impetus for any changes in this reality will come from the education system. What is needed is an advocate for boys, which in our society, which has been infused with feminist ideology, may be seen as sexist. This advocate must have some powerful influence in order to sway the zeitgeist in which we find ourselves, that is for the most part hostile to any ideas that are gender-specific.
Thought-provoking, reasonable, realistic
It dealt with realistic issues in raising young men.
That one has to really consider the long term effects of addressing (non-dramatic) behavioral issues with drugs.
It was truly interesting to hear about how much schools and the expectations for students have changed in recent generations, and how other environmental factors at home combine with the lack of hands-on learning at school to push many children (boys in particular) toward less desirable outlets.
"Why Your Son Probably Doesn't Need Ritalin"
Listen while I work, ride, drive & run.
Yes, the issues raised need discussion and action. One wonders if the chemical pollution in our world hasn't done more damage than we realize.
MH's reading like Leonard Sax himself. Believed it was the author speaking.
No, I needed time to absorb the ideas.
No...but this is a silly question, IMHO.
Again, no.....it's not a story.
He did just fine.
It has given me many things to think about should I ever have a boy. I don't think Sax is off base with its conclusions and its an increasingly disturbing issue today.
In general, Dr. Sax makes several valid points and packages it into a neat pentagon shaped box. I would recommend any parent of a son to read Boys Adrift. I am surprised that there was very little mention regarding homosexuality but perhaps he put that discussion in with his book Gender Matters....he'll only tell you about it a dozen times throughout your read. That also bothers me. Still, I'd recommend Boys Adrift.
I really loved this book and hung on to every word even though its non fiction. It's easy to listen to and Dr. Sax makes excellent, believable points backed up by studies. As a parent to a little boy and also as a person who has witnessed the phenomenon that he is talking about, I found this book easy to get into and leaving me with several convictions about how I will parent my son.
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