Why Boys Fail

Saving Our Sons from an Educational System That's Leaving Them Behind

 Why Boys Fail

Author: Richard Whitmire
Pub Date: September 2011
Print Edition: $15.95
Print ISBN: 9780814420171
Page Count: 256
Format: Paper or Softback
e-Book ISBN: 9780814420362

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“A brilliant new book....I don't know of a clearer or more balanced examination of this issue...recommendations at the end of the book are sensible, creative, and overdue.” — Washington Post

Fifth graders in special ed, ninth graders retained, high school dropouts, college graduates—however you slice the numbers, they don’t look good for boys, who are performing far below girls across the socioeconomic spectrum. What’s driving their academic decline?

Richard Whitmire picks apart the prevailing theories as to what’s happening and pinpoints the real reason why: Classrooms have grown increasingly verbal, but boys have not. From heightened kindergarten reading expectations to language-dense math problems, many boys lack the reading and writing skills needed to keep pace.

Why Boys Fail supplies data, interviews, case studies, and clearheaded analysis to both document this widely misunderstood problem and uncover schools that are getting it right by boosting literacy among the entire student body. This is eye-opening reading for parents and educators alike.

Richard Whitmire is a former editorial writer for USA Today and president of the National Educational Writers Association. A highly recognized and respected education reporter, his commentaries have been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New Republic, and U.S. News & World Report. He is the author of The Bee Eater: Michelle Rhee Takes on the Nation’s Worst School District.

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