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Why Homeschooling Boys Works

Peter Gray quote from TheHomeSchoolMom Blog Post "Why Homeschooling Boys Works"Today a friend posted a video called “War on Boys” to Facebook and it showed up in my feed with lots of enthusiastic comments. As I watched the 5 minute video, all I could think was how obvious the video’s assertions are, and yet how far public schools are moving away from addressing the truths presented. Not just limited to boys (many girls share these traits with boys), the video shows how the policies being implemented in schools reward quiet intellectual pursuits in young children while simultaneously removing the opportunities for these kids to explore and learn through play. (The video doesn’t even bring up the additional problem of how common school lunchroom diets affect learning.)

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The subject is one about which Peter Gray writes extensively, and it deserves attention. On his blog at Psychology Today, Gray states:

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Why are we so unimaginative in our thinking about our children’s needs and how to solve them? We try to solve every problem through the school system, and that system always fails. It fails primarily because children don’t like school. People don’t thrive and learn well in settings that make them unhappy. This point is so obvious, yet is almost completely ignored by educational policy makers. Children who are allowed to make their own choices, in an environment where they have real choices and where those choices pertain to real life, learn far more, far more efficiently, than children who are forced to follow a curriculum that seems irrelevant to them.

The primary school ages should be a time of wonder and exploration, not testing and stress. Homeschooling can make sure that is the case.

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War on Boys by Prager University

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Mary Ann Kelley

Mary Ann Kelley lives in Virginia with her husband and has two daughters, both homeschool graduates. Mary Ann, who homeschooled off and on for 16 years, believes in school choice as well as allowing children to direct their own learning with guidance and input from their parents. Her desire is to encourage parents and children to take personal responsibility for their own educational options and choices.

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  1. Ugh, the stereotyping of that video is awful. I agree with her proposed changes, but not with labeling those things as “for boys”. Plenty of girls would benefit too – as a little girl I loved stories about orphans, abuse and mutilation that would shock “zero tolerance” types today.
    Boys do tend to be more active, true. But as for emotions, boys on average are more sensitive than girls, but are taught not to express it or to turn it into anger by their parents (even though many parents don’t realize they’re teaching this). The same crying baby is likely to be labelled as “angry” if people think the baby is a boy and “sad” or “scared” if they’re described as a girl.
    The end of the video is especially telling: “These are the young men with whom are daughters will build a future.” Not all of these boys and girls will be heterosexual.

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