when i first picked up this book it was on the recommendation of a friend whom i respect. i sat down to read in my favourite chair and the introduction was less than compelling so i put it down and came back a few days later. as i started the first chapter: the riddle (read it online here) i was hooked. it then dawned on me that i was reading many things about myself in these pages from when i was a boy growing up. i have used many quotes from it. i am also starting to implement various options into a new series i’m starting to work on.
you can purchase this book from amazon.
Here’s an overview of the book:
The Five Factors Driving the Decline of Boys
Video Games. Studies suggest that some of the most popular video games are disengaging boys from real-world pursuits.
Teaching Methods. Profound changes in the way children are educated have had the unintended consequence of turning many boys off school.
Prescription Drugs. Overuse of medication for ADHD may be causing irreversible damage to the motivational centers in boys’ brains.
Endocrine Disruptors. Environmental estrogens from plastic bottles and food sources may be lowering boys’ testosterone levels, making their bones more brittle and throwing their endocrine systems out of whack.
Devaluation of Masculinity. Shifts in popular culture have transformed the role models of manhood. Forty years ago we had Father Knows Best; today we have The Simpsons.