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Raising Boys in a New Kind of World
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on May 9, 2015
Every parent and teacher should read this book!!
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on November 6, 2013
My grandson has struggled through his early years at school and is now in grade 10 still with challenges. He was told he is probably ADD but after reading this book I believe a lot of his challenges were more based in the misunderstood learning methods used in the school system as it is today in relation to the way boys learn. Thank you for this encouraging book and I pass on words of encouragement to him too.
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on April 14, 2013
I gave this book as a gift to the parents of my grandsons. I had heard a TV interview with the author and was impressed with his ideas on raising boys. It takes a modern approach to an older theme that boys tend not to do well in traditional school settings, and discusses it in the modern age. Parents of boys would find this book interesting.
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on February 6, 2013
This is a great resource for parents of boys, particularly boys entering adolescence. Reist questions and challenges society's definitions and expectations of what is considered normal vs abnormal boy behaviour, based on his many years of experience teaching boys. His commitment to helping boys learn within the context of today's factory school is exemplary. Besides the personal experience and commitment he brings to the topic, I also appreciated the research he's invested in the subject, although at times I wish he'd included in-text citations so that I could follow up on particular ideas or claims in more depth. It has been quite illuminating for me as the parent of an adolescent boy and I enthusiastically recommend it to any parent who has the joy of raising a boy.
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on April 18, 2012
I loved this book. I have a daughter who does very well in school and two sons who do not. It is so helpful to learn that boys are wired differently and have different needs. I hope the education system learns from this book and puts more changes into the schools to accommodate the boys! This is a great book that advocates for the boys.
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on April 6, 2012
Good book. Very valuable read in the 21st century for anyone raising a boy. Attention span and the internet, ADD/ADHD as over diagnoses, the role of medication with those with a serious problem, the old school structure of our education system and the need to modernize. These are some of the topics covered. I saw the author in person presenting his ideas, and this is a serious, genuine, and progressive guy. Someone who belongs at the premier's ear. This book should be a part of any parents reading list.
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on March 31, 2012
I am a high school English teacher whose classes (Grade 9 first semester, Grade 12 second semester) have been heavily populated by boys. In one senior class I have only three girls. You might think Michael Reist's book would be less than helpful for my teaching, since most of the 'raising' of these boys has been done. Not so! Many of his suggestions for using boy energy in a positive way have continued to be helpful right through to graduation. On top of that, understanding how the history of their school experience has impacted my students is invaluable in attempting to readjust the focus and help them regain a sense of empowerment and engagement in the excitement of learning. This is a great book for all educators, parents and perhaps even grandparents. My daughter, a beginning elementary school teacher, will be getting a copy for her birthday. That will be the third copy of this book I've put into circulation. This is a conversation we need to be having, and then let's think about the unique issues facing girls 'in a new kind of world.'
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on March 29, 2012
The wisdom, logic, simplicity and accessibility of Michael's book is what makes it such a must-read for every parent or teacher.

As an adult female educator who is not a parent, let alone a parent of boys, facing a classroom full of boys on a daily basis can be a daunting task. I currently have a grade ten English class with 24 students; 22 of these are boys. 18 of these boys have IEPs, and two of them are new Canadians who are learning English.

While reading Michael's book, the faces of these diverse young men appeared on the pages in front of me. I have become more tolerent of "boyish play" in my classroom, not mistaking friendly banter with misbehaviour. I have become more aware of the quieter young men in my classroom, and am more careful now not to let the louder, more dominant boys in my class claim all of my attention. I have more realistic expectations for my students' attention spans, and I have built regular movement and transitions into my program to keep them focused and engaged.

Thank-you, Mr. Reist, for helping me to better understand these young men. I am now enjoying going to this class on a daily basis. You have helped me to create a safer classroom.
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on March 28, 2012
Just finished your book Raising Boys in a New Kind of World and absolutely loved it. Section/part IV (A New Kind of Parent) was exceptionally brilliant. I am a mom of a 3 year old boy and a former Waldorf teacher (now a chiropractor) and I think this is one of the best reads I've had in years. Well done!
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on March 23, 2012
I have seen Michael Reist's amazing action on the stage, so I was really looking forward to his new book. I have been somewhat disappointed in the past with his books, but this one is very different with a much better layout, deeper, and more thought provoking. Not a difficult technical read, but this book will make you think and question your current values. As a mother of three boys currently fighting their way through the school system, it is nice to see someone stand up for their needs and start a dialogue on the subject. Thank you again Michael!
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