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Boys Adrift: Factors Driving the Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men | [Leonard Sax]

Boys Adrift: Factors Driving the Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men

Something scary is happening to boys today. From kindergarten to college, they are less resilient and less ambitious than they were a mere 20 years ago. Fully one-third of men ages 22 to 34 are still living at home with their parents, about a 100 percent increase in the past 20 years. Boys nationwide are increasingly dropping out of school; fewer are going to college. Family physician and research psychologist Dr. Leonard Sax presents practical solutions.
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Something scary is happening to boys today. From kindergarten to college, they are less resilient and less ambitious than they were a mere 20 years ago. Fully one-third of men ages 22 to 34 are still living at home with their parents, about a 100 percent increase in the past 20 years. Boys nationwide are increasingly dropping out of school; fewer are going to college.

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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    michael EAST PEORIA, IL, United States 01-26-12
    michael EAST PEORIA, IL, United States 01-26-12 Member Since 2014

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    "The medication part of the equation"

    It is simply not proper or ethical to put all of those little boys on speed. The author makes a case that the speed that we put these kids on actually destroys or desensitizes the parts of the brain that control motivation. Personally, I think that there is plenty of anecdotal evidence to back him up. If someone was willing to do the research there would be plenty of statistical evidence also, but prescribing medication is seen as a simple and cost effective solution to make a teachers job easier, and doctors aren't going to go out of their way to prove that the methods they have used for the past 3 decades and still currently use are devastating the neural structures of the poor children whose neural structures have been devastated by these chemicals. Besides, handing out speed to kindergartners is a big business. It's a big business for the school psychologist who diagnose the kids with ADHD, it's big business for the pediatricians or psychiatrists who give the prescriptions, and it's big business for the pharmaceutical companies that produce the pills. So you'd better believe that none of these entities involved in the ADHD craze are going to go out of there way to produce a shred of evidence to debunk the whole charade. They want your children to be zombies, whatever happens when the kid turns 18 doesn't matter to them, they won't have to deal with him at that point, but when he is five or six they want a little boy who will sit in a chair and that's all, even if that's all he does. When he becomes an ambitionless man he will be gone from kindergarten by that time, so he's not their problem. Also the author is right. We have a neutered society. It has lost it's balls to feminism and political correctness, but oh well.

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    Jessica Saint Clair, MI, United States 11-22-11
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    "Wonderful and Thought Provoking"

    This was a wonderful book. I've read and listened to many books about raising girls, but I had never seen a good book that focused on boys today. This book has led to many thoughtful conversations about boys and young men. I highly recommend this book to parents, women dating men who just seem unmotivated, or anyone else interested in understanding some of the problems facing boys in America today.

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    James 11-13-11
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    "Boys Are Facing More Challenges Than Ever"

    I found this book to be a very helpful insight into the challenges facing our boys and young men.

    For as long as I can remember, we have raised our boys/young men with the mindset of "Boys Will Be Boys", but in this day and age, we really need to pay attention to the "issues" and "challenges" facing our young men.

    "Boys Adrift" will help you to realize what they are facing and what we can do to help.

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    James Seattle, WA, United States 10-11-11
    James Seattle, WA, United States 10-11-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Must Reading for the Salvation of all Young Men!!!"

    This is one of the best books and overviews of the distressing state of our boys and young men in this country. There's a lot of work to do, but there are solutions, and this books offers up some great ones!

    We need to take it seriously how our young men are losing ground and that something has to be done!

    I highly recommend this book!

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    Elizabeth Melbourne, FL, United States 07-08-11
    Elizabeth Melbourne, FL, United States 07-08-11
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    "Interesting as a topic survey"

    Definitely brings up many topics I want to research further. Bottom line is – there are many factors that affect our boys that need to be considered. Understanding gender differences may not solve everything, but might help in certain (aspects of) cases. I am looking forward to “reading” other works by this author.

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    Holverson 10-20-10
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    "Teaching and raising boys"

    Great book for insight on the ways boys think. I teach high school (mostly freshman), and I also have a nine-year-old son. I wonder how much video game play is appropriate, how to motivate my son and male students to want to achieve academically, and how to stay connected with my son. Dr. Sax picks up where Why Gender Matters left off. It's definitely worth the read.

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    Linda Fort Wayne, IN, United States 10-17-10
    Linda Fort Wayne, IN, United States 10-17-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Outstanding!"

    This book is a must read for all parents of boys. It provided many "a-ha" moments for both my husband and I. We recognized in the book so many of the things that baffled us about our own sons. Additionally, we learned a lot about environmental factors affecting children today and how something as simple as a 20 oz bottle can have an effect on kids. We took many things aways from this book and we have started the journey of revamping our home and what goes on inside.

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    Joan 07-05-10
    Joan 07-05-10
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    "Some thought provoking Ideas"

    Though I didn't agree with some of the postulates.

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    Mathew San Jose, CA, USA 05-28-10
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    "Informative and practial advice"

    Sax clearly spent time researching many of his points. Best to read this Before your son has started school. Book starts out a little slow, but worth sticking with.

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    Pavel Czech Republic 05-21-10
    Pavel Czech Republic 05-21-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Can't get on the same page"

    There are definitelly some ideas that initiate deep thoughts, especially when you have a boy (as I do, 11Y old), but I can't agree with some of these assumptions. If PET bottles, drugs and video games were the source of problems, it would be very simple to fix it. However, agree or not, it's good to think about these topics.

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