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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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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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  • Deb Evans
  • Newberg, Oregon United States
  • 02-20-18

Excellent!

If you have boys or teach boys, you need to read this book! I found it so enlightening!

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  • Jo C
  • Honolulu, HI
  • 02-17-18

First audiobook I've listened to, I'm hooked!

Good information and I really connected with the video game section. Good advice for parents of teenage boys

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Very helpful

I pulled several key points and important concepts from this book that I will apply in my boy’s life.

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if you are raising a boy, you need to hear this! trust Dr. Sax. Real advice, & science.

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the author's points make sense, but...

the author's points make sense, but sometimes I feel they are embellished by opinion. I often felt I was being sold a book more than I was being educated. that said, I greatly appreciated the information in this book.

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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 &quot;buck&quot; 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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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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great insight, spot on

I love this book because it explained a lot of the things that I have been observing myself. Very helpful thank you

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A Must for all parents and teachers!

Leonard Sax is a great author and I loved the narration aswell. Easy listening with thought provoking context.

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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.