Two things come together in this article by Christina Hoff Sommers about the war that schools routinely wage against American boys.
First, it’s written by Christina Hoff Sommers, a writer I’ve deeply admired since I first read Who Stole Feminism?: How Women Have Betrayed Women. I give her a great deal of credit for helping strip the so-called “liberal” blinders from my eyes and allowing me to see human nature and the world we live in as they actually are, not as the Marxist propagandists claim they are.
Second, the article supports something I’ve been saying at this blog since the day I started it, back in (gasp!) October 2004: Our culture is incredibly hostile to boys, and this hostility is reflected in our schools. My pet peeve is the way education revolves around “feelings.” I’ve said a zillion times that boys tune this out. If you want to engage them in literature, have them read Ivanhoe, not Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. I loved that second book (in a chastely salacious way) when I was 11, but Judy Blume-esque books are so not for boys.
If you give boys books about adventure, and heroics, and honor, and decency, they gobble them up. If you foist on them relatively stagnant books about navel-gazing, they will zone out and become disengaged from education. Wrap that up with games that deny boys the opportunity to play rough (in a fairly safe way), and compete, and learn how to win and lose, and you will have emasculated a generation.