Thursday, January 26, 2006

"The trouble with boys"

Much has been in the news lately about the struggles of young boys making the passage into adulthood.

They are failing at greater rates than ever before, and schools are having a hard time figuring out ways to help them improve.

Some say boys are treated like defective girls, rather than looked at as individuals with their own unique concerns.

With Matt turning thirteen in a less than two months, we're facing these challenges on a daily basis, and much of what we're reading in the articles and watching on the news we have seen happen in Matt's life.

This week, two boys, one in 6th the other in 7th grade, were expelled from Matt's school. The news came as a shock to all of us since we've known these two young people since they were kindergarten age.

It's not a St. Louis thing, but a national concern. Some suggest all-boy middle schools would help. Others say the presence of a father figure in the home is a big factor. Reports are that 40% of young boys are growing up in homes without their biological fathers.

What about opening up the schools for evening study halls with sons and fathers? We could help each other out.

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