- Paperback: 312 pages
- Publisher: Dundurn (Dec 24 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1459700430
- ISBN-13: 978-1459700437
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.7 cm
- Shipping Weight: 499 g
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #156,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Raising Boys in a New Kind of World Paperback – Dec 26 2011
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This book creates a compelling argument to show that traits in boys often leading to resistance should be encouraged through a combination of empathy and character building which result in the development of confident citizens who can make positive contributions to our communities. (Canadian Teacher magazine)
About the Author
Michael Reist is the author of The Dysfunctional School and has published more than 70 articles on parenting, teaching, spirituality, and popular culture. Audiences across Canada have been inspired by his popular workshop "Boys and Girls Learn Differently." He lives in Caledon East, Ontario.
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Reist's thesis can be summed up to say that, "treating equally does not mean treating the same" when it comes to the education of our children. Each parent, each teacher is asked to consider the biological, social and personal characteristics and needs of their child and to do away with the paradigm of the "factory school" to accept and love and teach that child according to their individual person-hood.
Reist questions the current "sit still and do as you are told", zero-tolerance model of school. He questions the high rates of ADD and ADHD diagnoses among male children. He debunks our fears about video games and social media and delves into the mind and soul of the schoolyard bully. The answer? Rather than suggest anarchy and the end of formal schooling, Reist offers integrity as a possible solution. Without blaming, he spurs teachers and parents to look deeper within themselves to offer the love, mentoring, boundaries and leadership that children require from the adults in their lives.
Since reading this book, I've spoken with about a dozen different parents and teachers whose experiences are a perfect match with Reist's observations about boys. I'm frequently amazed to hear from adults who have experienced some of the approaches suggested in the book (without having ever read it) and found them to work, so they seem to be fairly common-sense ideas to many who are in-tune with their boys' unique learning and development styles.
When I hear of growing school drop-out rates among teenage boys and low enrollment in university and trade professions, I worry that we are creating a social tide that will negatively affect generations of families. Reist is a bellwether for our society on this issue and offers incredible insight into why the status quo is simply not working for boys.
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