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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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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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spot on

agree with a lot he has to say. the middle chapter was a little too technical but overall was very interesting.

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eye opening

it led to me do my own research, particularly when it comes to plastics.
I don't see many people talking about this author or this book. I wish the world would talk to him more on talk shows or interviews so that we could hear rebuttles or other agreements with his arguments.
I'm curious if his data is up to date or not also, as many of the subjects are currently being studied.

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Meaningful words that everyone needs to hear.

This book made me turn a mirror on myself, making me think what I need to do as a husband, father and a man to boys around me. I plan on talking this book to my friends and family. I'm gonna make my wife read/listen to as well.

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Great book for people that want to change

This book won’t give you the answers but if you want a 1 in 1000 child, it will help you be the 1 in 1000 parent.

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Excellent!

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

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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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  • 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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  • 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.