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The War Against Boys

How Misguided Policies Are Harming Our Young Men
Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
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An updated and revised edition of the controversial classic - now more relevant than ever - argues that boys are the ones languishing socially and academically, resulting in staggering social and economic costs.

Girls and women were once second-class citizens in the nation's schools. Americans responded with concerted efforts to give girls and women the attention and assistance that was long overdue. Now, after two major waves of feminism and decades of policy reform, women have made massive strides in education. Today they outperform men in nearly every measure of social, academic, and vocational well-being. Christina Hoff Sommers contends that it's time to take a hard look at present-day realities and recognize that boys need help.

Called "provocative and controversial...impassioned and articulate" (The Christian Science Monitor), this edition of The War Against Boys offers a new preface and six radically revised chapters, plus updates on the current status of boys throughout the audiobook. Sommers argues that the problem of male underachievement is persistent and worsening. Among the new topics Sommers tackles: how the war against boys is harming our economic future, and how boy-averse trends such as the decline of recess and zero-tolerance disciplinary policies have turned our schools into hostile environments for boys.

As our schools become more feelings-centered, risk-averse, competition-free, and sedentary, they move further and further from the characteristic needs of boys. She offers realistic, achievable solutions to these problems that include boy-friendly pedagogy, character and vocational education, and the choice of single-sex classrooms.

The War Against Boys is an incisive, rigorous, and heartfelt argument in favor of recognizing and confronting a new reality: Boys are languishing in education, and the price of continued neglect is economically and socially prohibitive.

©2013 Christina Hoff Sommers; Preface copyright 2013 by Christina Hoff Sommers (P)2018 Tantor

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Important Book

As a teacher and as a mom, I can see the damage that is being done to our boys. This book explains it and offers solutions. I hope people will follow her advice.

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Excellent Book. Narrator is OK.

This book provided some much needed insight and I found the content extremely valuable. The narrator was alright, there were some oratory habits which bothered me a little; however, I would listen to this book again.

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Fantastic Book!

As a father to a young boy and son of a great Dad, I found this book to be excellent. It helped me better understand the values that my Dad instinctively instilled in me and is a great resource to help me understand how I can prepare my son to face the challenges he will face as he grows up to be a man.

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Boys Should Be Boys

This book has helped me to look evaluate how I respond to educators of my son and to my son. To question if the expectations are bias and how should I respond in a manner that will help my son succeed.

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Requires Active listening

This is NOT a book for peripheral attention.
You must pay attention. Great Book, However!

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Great Book....Troubling for guys.

This is a good book but troubling for men who are about to raise sons in todays climate. The men and women in this world who have boys should all read this and come up with a plan as to how they want their sons to turn out.

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A book on truth.

Outstanding book by a feminist leader outlining and in a way and putting into words truths we’ve all know all along about ourselves but couldn’t or felt shamed to put into words.

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