Writing in a Huffington Post blog, “Why Boys Are Failing in an Educational System Stacked Against Them,” educational psychologist, Lori Day explains that “educational experts proclaim that we have a crisis in the education of boys in this country. The media attention to this topic has been extensive, yet I do not see the systemic changes that are needed...
Day writes that “children are forced to use literacy skills much earlier than in the past, and boys develop these skills later than girls. In the world of ‘Kindergarten is the new first grade,’ boys are struggling mightily to keep up. When it comes to writing, the gender divide is even greater...our hyper-focus on standardized test scores is worsening, not ameliorating, the academic struggles of boys, and subsequently increasing the numbers of boys who turn off to school.”
Source: “Why Boys Are Failing in an Educational System Stacked Against Them,” by Lori Day, Huffington Post, June, 2011
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