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.
I was enlightened, big time. If you are a father
and have sons under 30, then you probably are going
nuts trying to figure out where you went wrong with
the boy(s), who seem to absorb nothing you value.
Read this book! Not that we all don't mess this
business up to one degree or another...fatherhood.
But reading "Boys Adrift" will go a long way in
helping you gain perspective on just what is/was
or isn/t/wasn't within your power to influence.
Writing is ok, narrative is good. Not too technical on one hand, or too "dumbed down" on the other. One needs to check out or do futher research on some of what the author labels "true". Not that it isn't true. But it sounds
enough like "conspiricy theory" stuff to warrant
looking deeper, yourself. Other than that, the
book is well organized and is not hard on the ears.
of how US education has failed our sons. Relating stories and referring to well-documented studies that (sadly) reflect what I've personally witnessed in the young men in my life, it makes me angry to see the many ways the "one-size-fits-all" approach to so-called 'standardized' education has failed a nation of young men, among many other factors. A fascinating and disturbing read for anyone who cares about our new generation of men (and women) and the challenges they now face. It may already be too late for my own son, although I certainly plan to avail myself of Dr. Sax's helpful advice to what degree I can, even so.
This is a book I will listen to again and I will be referring to all my friends and relatives with boys. It was a great opportunity to stop and reflect on how important masculinity and manhood is, something as a woman and mother I am often too quick to discount in favour of sensitivity and equity.
The anecdotes and case studies made this very real, and I could SO relate to the parents in his audiences who were asking questions and looking for answers.
The performance was easy to listen to and engaging, and made me want to sit int he car and listen more after I had arrived at my destination.
I am immediately reassessing the way I manage my boys' screen time and giving myself a pat on the back for going out of my way and spending endless hours taking kids to and from basketball practice and games.
I loved the early part of this book with the research on how boys are physiologically different than a couple of generations ago. Something is going on and the author has a lot of research to back his claims. That part is extremely compelling. The author gives 5 reasons why he feels that boys are less motivated than they were in the past. He looks to national issues, what we ingest, chemicals we are around, medications, cultural issues, and more. The last portion of the book is more of a how-to and what you can do to prevent this from happening to your son or how to snap him out of it. I'm going to read his book about girls next.
I listened to this book with some trepidation; I am a former physician who left medicine to return to high school teaching, so Dr. Sax's book really rings important to me. The book addresses what I think is a very important topic, and often does so quite nicely. Dr. Sax makes very good points about ADD/ADHD drugs, both stimulant and non stimulant. He also raises excellent points about neurological development in boys and why the typical American school system may not be best for them. But he shifts later from supporting his ideas with scientific evidence to more of a "I know a kid who..." type case studies that he then generalizes far too much. I think as long as one goes into this book recognizing Dr. Sax's agenda (a push for same-sex education) and assesses the evidence for him/her self, this is a very worthwhile book. Just don't take every conclusion as gospel.
We found the information to be well conveyed and supported. Many interesting links between common industrial chemicals and the effects on males. Endocrinological impact was especially interesting. A must for parents of boys between 6 and 26 as well as insight to males and why certain intrinsic behavior is found in one sex more than the other. Recommened easy and informative listening. Not overly medical so the layman can derive useful information.
A must listen for anyone with a son on a computer or gaming system. This was not only interesting and compelling but encouraging, giving me hope that I can DO something in my situation.
I wish I have read it when my son was 5. Now he is 13 and some of the evils depicted in the book have already affected him. Anyway, it is a must read if you are a parent, especially a parent of a boy.
A great book. Very insightful. I'm not sure everything in it is 100% backed up by peer reviewed journal research but I don't think that's the point. It's more of an awareness book rather than a scientific study. In audio form it's difficult to convey foot/end notes which may link to published research so I can't comment about the cited studies.
The author does point us towards the website when giving information, although this starts about 50% through the book. It would have been helpful to have this information earlier and to organize the website better (perhaps coordinated by the books chapter headings?).
Oh, and it sounds like this book (and the website) deserve an update. I think the most recent dates in the book refer to 2006 and that was over a half decade ago. Since then we've had Sandy Hook shootings, Facebook, No Child Left Behind has matured, the whole mental health discussion, and more published research has been done on the subject. I only say this because the book is getting somewhat dated in regards to recent events and left me wondering where we stand today. The author says that children in Kindergarten are the best population to target for reform and if written in 2006 those children are now in middle school.
Stay off the drugs, get kids outside, learn through experience with parents to counter balance the memorization learning taught in schools.
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