Boys Adrift

The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men
Narrated by: Allan Robertson
Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
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Something scary is happening to boys today. From kindergarten to college, American boys are, on average, less resilient and less ambitious than they were a mere 20 years ago. The gender gap in college attendance and graduation rates has widened dramatically. While Emily is working hard at school and getting A's, her brother, Justin, is goofing off. He's more concerned about getting to the next level in his video game than about finishing his homework.

Now, Dr. Leonard Sax delves into the scientific literature and draws on more than 20 years of clinical experience to explain why boys and young men are failing in school and disengaged at home. He shows how social, cultural, and biological factors have created an environment that is literally toxic to boys. He also presents practical solutions, sharing strategies that educators have found effective in reengaging these boys at school as well as handy tips for parents about everything from homework to video games to medication.

©2016 Leonard Sax (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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Profound

This is the most enlightening book I've ever listened to in my 70 years. Dr Sax truly understands today's culture, education system and how are culture is negatively impacting our boys' view and their place in this world.

We are homeschooling our 9 year old grandson and earnestly incorporating the Dr's idea of hands on learning and just being outdoors. He is responding well to the change. He loves the science projects, the hikes, the nature watching and has a better attitude towards the sit down type of work we have to do. In part, I think working him physically helps his attitude and spirit.

He still will "buck" us on academic work but it is less so. We try to intersperse it with experiments, cooking, cleaning, riding bikes, walking and just playing. Life is definitely improving all the way around.

I am EXTREMELY grateful for Leanard Sax and his wisdom.

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parent must read.

excellent Book for a book club. multiple action items for parents to use helping their boys become productive members of society.

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This book really hit home for me! I would definitely recommend this book to any parent whose child is already diagnosed with ADHD or thinks their child may have it.
This books brings a lot of things into perspective for me, as I am currently raising a ‘boy adrift’. Sax is able to educate his readers on 5 factors that boys face today and does it in a way that I think every parent can relate to.

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An absolute must read/listen

As a mother of two boys, one teenage and one preteen boy this was so informative. It gave me the answers I was looking for. It’s not a quick fix but does answer the questions I was asking and looking for. The author was very knowledgeable and gave good insight. I will be listening to his other books as well. Anyone with boys or around boys, ie: coaches, teachers, parents, should all read this book to see what’s going on with our boys and how hat is having an effect on our girls and our society as a whole.

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Really good

Really good listen, one of the best parenting books I’ve ever listen to. Very helpful for understanding what our modern boys will be going through. Has helped me make decisions going forward with education, and lifestyle choices for my son.

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Hard to dispute if you live with teens

Many of the stories told are mirrored in the relationships my boys have. I think the author could elaborate more on how quickly things can change up or down for a teen boy. The old concept of 21 days in a row makes a habit comes to mind. If you read (listen) to the book and observe you can find room for improvement as a parent. I did.

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very sobering

Very enlightening. I wish it had been available when my sons were still young and at home. As a Jr high teacher, it helps me understand many of the problems I see. I wish it could be required reading for every parent of sons. I will be giving it to my grandsons' parents.

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Enlightening for teachers!

I am an Elementary a school teacher who has noticed a change in boys through the years. I needed to seek information on why these changes were taking place - if there are answers. This book absolutely changed my understanding of our boys. I have recommended this book to so many others, including friends, colleagues and administrators. I have it on audible and have listened to it three times. I'm ready to listen again!

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GREAT BOOK!

This is a must read for all parents with boys! Cannot recommend enough, will be referring my older kids to read it as well!!!

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excellent book!

This is definitely a must read for raising up boys in today's very confused and toxic culture! A good mine of knowledge on boys becoming men

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  • Ameen Hach
  • 01-08-20

Best book I've read in 6 months!

incredible book. Good for parents and anyone concerned about the direction of modern society. The author made it clear the small improvements parents can make to improve the wellbeing of their sons and he backed all his points up well.

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  • bilal
  • 11-04-19

Why man fall behind

He lists five reasons 1. Change of educational system which fails to motivate men 2. Era of video games 3. Endocrine disrupters in environment 4. Overprescribing drugs to boys in school 5. Devaluation of masculinity Its a great book to understand why men are falling behind

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  • S. Larsen
  • 11-20-18

The book that changed our life

I have a 7 year old son, and wasn’t sure this was a book for me, as he is a clever boy as I can’t see adrift. BUT, I have had a bad consciense about letting him be too much on the iPad. As a single mother with only one kid, it has been my go to thing to get things done at home. After hearing the chapter about gaming I felt like shit, but knew I had to take responsibility. I cut our Internet for 2 weeks and my son was so angry with me. For about 2 hours... then everything changed. He started playing with boble wrap, drawing (he has been hating to do that!) and talking alot more. We have tried 30 minutes of iPad, one iPad free day and so on. But he always focused on when he could play again. I think the total cut helped us take the fokus away totally. I am so thankful that I listened to the book and followed the tip. Other parts (ADHD/medication) is a bit american. I live in Norway and we don’t medicate that much. But in total - if you have a boy - any age - LISTEN TO THIS!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-08-18

Brilliant

Clearly written, passionately narrated, the book convincingly describes The key factors behind a decline in boys engagement with society and how to change.

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  • Mr. K. Korotko
  • 09-11-17

Absolutely amazing.

Every parent should listen to it. Explains many parental problems like ADHD, video game addiction, lackmof motivation, feminity in boys and many more. Highly recommended.

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  • Bashy
  • 05-06-18

Eye opening. Makes a lot of sense.

As someone just before this generation but with a toe in it to a certain extent this really explains a lot and as a parent of three boys has been a true eye opener. Lots to look out for from a schooling and life skills aspect. We have work to do.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-12-18

Essential reading for all parents

Invaluable advice for raising a boy in the 21st century. It certainly changed the way I thought about parenting. Essential reading.