The War Against Boys

The War Against Boys

How Misguided Policies Are Harming Our Young Men

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Baker & Taylor
Argues that boys have become the primary victims of American society, showing how boys' weaknesses are aggravated by anti-boy prejudices and offering constructive suggestions on how to help young males.

& Taylor

This updated and revised edition of the controversial classic, which is now more relevant than ever, argues that boys have become the primary victims of American society, showing how boys' weaknesses are aggravated by anti-boy prejudices and offering constructive suggestions on how to help young males.

Simon and Schuster
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.

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 w ith 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 book.

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.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2013
Edition: New and revised edition
ISBN: 9781451644180
Branch Call Number: 305.2351 So55w
Characteristics: 269 pages : 24 cm


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Apr 01, 2018

Is it really a 5 star book, maybe not but I found it refreshing to read a book that didn't feel so extreme, from either a conservative or liberal point of view on feminism. Though I imagine there would be some disagreement about that.
This book reminds me that maybe we are failing boys when I'm surprised at finding a polite one or when a young man holds the door for me, or when a little boy is well behaved at a restaurant. Why should these things be out of the ordinary? When did it become a bad thing to instill these values.

I personally think it's pretty obvious that girls are outdoing boys in the academic world, yes, yes, maybe not in the STEM disciplines but far surpassing boys in most of the others. Absolutely, I think it's important to educate girls in the choices they have, that a career in science or getting into a trade would be a great idea, that they pay more, that they offer opportunity and variation and interest. Though from a personal perspective, I can't say as I'd be thrilled to go find a job working out in the rain and the mud or one where I had to work 80 hours a week (that being said, I do work in a very male dominated field, because this was where my interests lay, and I'm thrilled that I'm able to do that in this day and age.) But I think it's also imperative that we train young men for the future as well, we need them to be as interested in higher education as girls because we're going to need that for even basic jobs. Even working as McDonald's isn't as simple as it used to be; the menu is large, the speed has increased and you have to know how to use a computer. I think it's important that we focus on the entire population and not leave anyone out. If that means we have to come up with a better solution, then we better do that, because technology is only getting more pervasive and all of us need to keep up.

Aug 16, 2014

the tinkle down theory
Up with “masculinism” !
Author is National Advisory Board Chairman of the Independent Women's Forum (IWF).
Learn more at:
“Christina Hoff Sommers Joins the Hate Site A Voice for Men”
from Mancheeze – Critiquing the Manosphere, posted January 20, 2014

Jun 21, 2014

What an important topic! Sommers writes in a straightforward manner with a clear message: boys should not be punished for being boys. She engages the arguments made against her case tactfully and with plenty of evidence to substantiate her claims. I really enjoyed the parts where she detailed her investigations into the research literature from the folks she calls "the short-changed girls movement." Though I don't personally subscribe to all of the arguments she makes, this book opened my mind to one side of a conversation that I had previously never given much weight. Worth the read if you have an interest in feminism, gender studies and issues, or education policy.

Jan 30, 2014

Is the Bibliocommons description for this entry even correct? As of Jan 30, 2014 at 3:15 it says: "Fine art for font nerds."-- New York Magazine "One of the most engaging homages I have ever seen."--Steven Heller Swissted takes rock concert posters of the '70s, '80s, and '90s and remixes and reimagines them through a Swiss modernist lens. The result is some of the coolest images you've ever seen! The book features 200 posters, all microperforated and ready to frame. Or keep them bound in one collection as an art book. The foreword is written by legendary designer Steven Heller. Posters are from legendary indie, alternative, and punk bands such as Jane's Addiction, Blondie, the Beastie Boys, the Clash, the Pixies, Green Day, the Ramones, Devo, the Sex Pistols, Dead Kennedys, Public Image Ltd., Sonic Youth, the Cure, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Hüsker Dü, Danzig, the Replacements, Fugazi, the Lemonheads, Pearl Jam, Pavement, Superchunk, They Might Be Giants, Guided by Voices, Sugar, Sleater Kinney, Violent Femmes, Iggy Pop, Fishbone, Nirvana, and many, many more! From the Trade Paperback edition. / So what book is this from? It doesn't appear to match Bibliocommons Contents description.


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