Boys Adrift  -     By: Leonard Sax
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Basic Books / 2008 / Paperback

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There has been a 100 percent increase in the last twenty years of young men ages 22-34 still living at home. In Boys Adrift, Leonard Sax draws on the very latest research and his vast experience with boys and their families to argue that a combination of social and biological factors is creating an environment that is literally toxic to boys.

Misguided overemphasis on reading and math as early as kindergarten, too much time spent playing video games, over-reliance on medication for attention deficit disorders (much more common in boys than in girls), and overlooked endocrine disturbances are actually causing damage to boys' brains.

Dr. Sax offers a wide range of ways parents can wean their sons away from video games, practical steps they can take to improve their sons' schooling, and surprisingly simple life changes they can make to protect boys from environmental estrogens that undermine boys' motivation.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Basic Books
Publication Date: 2008
ISBN: 0465072100
ISBN-13: 9780465072101
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Something scary is happening to boys today. From kindergarten to college, American boys are, on average, less resilient and less ambitious than they were a mere twenty years ago. The gender gap in college attendance and graduation rates has widened dramatically. While Emily is working hard at school and getting A’s, her brother Justin is goofing off. He’s more concerned about getting to the next level in his videogame than about finishing his homework. Now, Dr. Leonard Sax delves into the scientific literature and draws on more than twenty years of clinical experience to explain why boys and young men are failing in school and disengaged at home. He shows how social, cultural, and biological factors have created an environment that is literally toxic to boys. He also presents practical solutions, sharing strategies which educators have found effective in re-engaging these boys at school, as well as handy tips for parents about everything from homework, to videogames, to medication.

Author Bio

Leonard Sax, M.D., Ph.D., is founder and executive director of the National Association for Single Sex Public Education (NASSPE). His scholarly work has been published in a variety of prestigious journals, including American Psychologist, Educational Horizons, Behavioral Neuroscience, and the Journal of the American Medical Association. He has been a featured guest on CNN, PBS, “The Today Show,” “Fox News,” NPR’s “Talk of the Nation,” and many other national programs. He lives with his wife and daughter in suburban Philadelphia.

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    Good insight on boys
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    This book was an easy read and very informative on how boys are wired as well as what things may affect motivation in boys today. It gave some great practical ideas on how to apply these principles in your own family. I am excited to apply some of Dr. Sax's suggestions in our home.
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