What's the trouble with boys?
Goodness! American Thinker is hot today. It also had this great article about all the stuff missing from the latest about the Newsweak story denigrating boys. Noel Sheppard, who wrote the American Thinker commentary, points out that the Newsweak story, while it does some heavy male bashing, fails to explain how boys did so well in the many millenia before girls were discovered. Intrigued, I went back to the Newsweak story and discovered that Sheppard was right -- it just says that boys are hyperkinetic little things with slow brain development, who need even more heavy handed input from the social scientists. Only the last paragraph hints at what I think is the real problem:
For Nikolas Arnold, 15, a sophomore at a public high school in Santa Monica, Calif., college is a distant dream. Nikolas is smart: he's got an encyclopedic knowledge of weaponry and war. When he was in first grade, his principal told his mother he was too immature and needed ADHD drugs. His mother balked. "Too immature?" says Diane Arnold, a widow. "He was six and a half!" He's always been an advanced reader, but his grades are erratic. Last semester, when his English teacher assigned two girls' favorites—"Memoirs of a Geisha" and "The Secret Life of Bees" Nikolas got a D. But lately, he has a math teacher he likes and is getting excited about numbers. He's reserved in class sometimes. But now that he's more engaged, his grades are improving slightly and his mother, who's pushing college, is hopeful he will begin to hit his stride. Girls get A's and B's on their report cards, she tells him, but that doesn't mean boys can't do it, too. [Emphasis mine.]There you have it: the curriculum bores and alienates boys. In English, the politicized teachers bombard them with girly feeling stories, when they want to read adventure, science, war and gross humor stories. It's no better in the other humanities classes. History and social science classes make women appear as the saintly movers and shakers of the world. Forget John Adams, it's all about Abigail. Who cares about Lewis & Clark's incredible adventures, it's Sacajawea time. Pierre Curie wasn't the more brilliant, it was Marie. Albert Einstein didn't come up with those theories, his wife did. Abraham Lincoln wasn't a manly man, he was gay. The insult and indoctrination is endless, and it's all about boys being marginalized. I'll be the first to admit that, up until the 1960s, women didn't appear much in the history and social science books, and boys and girls were both being bored by the Moby Dick (I refuse to believe that anybody really likes that book). The evil of feminism -- and especially the feminism that has taken over our schools -- is that, rather than leveling the playing field, so that both boys and girls get cultivated in schools, the feminists are taking revenge against this generation of boys. That's why you don't hear NOW, or Code Pink, or any other feminist organization getting up in arms about the boys' failure rate in school. Nor do you hear them calling the PC police when little girls show up in class wearing t-shirts stating "Boys have feelings too -- who cares?" Talking to Technorati: Boys, Learning disabilities, Education, Sexism