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The Minds of Boys: Saving Our Sons From Falling Behind in School and Life by [Gurian, Michael]
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Michael Gurian's blockbuster bestseller The Wonder of Boys is the bible for mothers, fathers, and educators on how to understand and raise boys. It has sold over 400,000 copies, been translated into 17 languages, and sells over 25,000 every year, which is more than any other book on boys in history. To follow up on this first book, which launched the boy's movement, he has now written this revolutionary new book which confronts what he and a lot of other parents and teachers in this country truly believe to be a "boy's crisis".

Here are the facts:
  • Boys today are simply not learning as well as girls
  • Boys receive 70% of the Ds and Fs given all students
  • Boys cause 90% of classroom discipline problems
  • 80% of all high school dropouts are boys
  • Millions of American boys are on Ritalin and other mind-bending control drugs
  • Only 40% of college students are boys
  • And three out of four learning disabled students are boys
So what can we do?

Gurian has the answer in this enormously fascinating and practical book which shows parents and teachers how to help boys overcome their current classroom obstacles by helping to create the proper learning environment, understand how to help boys work with their unique natural gifts, nurture and expand every bit of their potential, and enabling them to succeed in life the way they ought to.

Gurian presents a whole new way of solving the problem based on the success of his program in schools across the country, the latest research and application of neuro-biological research on how boys' brains actually work and how they can learn very well if they're properly taught.

Anyone who cares about the future of our boys must read this book.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2620 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (18 May 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00107LM9K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #300,608 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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79 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This will help me raise my kids 6 September 2005
By Hilary Brown - Published on
When my son was just born, THE WONDER OF BOYS came out. I'm an engineer who also loves being a mother, but I sort of think like a guy. So I thought, "I understand guys--raising a son won't be tough." It has been tough, indeed. There was so much I, who had no brothers, just didn't get about boys. Michael Gurian's very scientific but very empathic approach to kids really helped me ten years ago.

Then, a few days ago, I got THE MINDS OF BOYS. Now Gurian, teaming up with educator Kathy Stevens, has written the sequel. This one is all about how to help boys in school. It comes none too soon for me. My son is going into fifth grade and needs help especially with motivation. Thank you, Michael and Kathy, for your two chapters on how to motivate our sons.

Truthfully, I think it's about time someone wrote this book. There's been a lot of emphasis on girls in school, and I'm glad of it, but I'm seeing a lot of boys around me, my son's friends, who are having trouble focusing in school. This new book will help a lot of us moms (and dads).

Lastly, I really like the emphasis in the book on getting everyone involved in a kid's education--grandparents, neighbors, friends. This is important for all kids, boys and girls.
80 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Boys' Educational Crisis 10 September 2005
By Robert W. Kellemen - Published on
Gurian and Stevens use scientific research to diagnose what every alert parent and educator has been thinking for over a century--boys' brains and bodies were NOT made for the modern western educational system. Our system forces boys to be taught in sedentary settings, using learning styles unfit for their masculine minds.

Gurian and Stevens begin by documenting the boys' crisis in education. Such research, though not novel, when pulled together like this, rattles our cages enough to gain and keep our attention.

However, the true strength of "The Minds of Boys" is its thorough, detailed, specific, field-tested solutions. In area after area, "Saving Our Sons from Falling Behind in School and Life" empowers parents to equip their sons to overcome the many obstacles that they face in the school setting.

One can only hope that educators themselves will read and heed the advice of Gurian and Stevens. If they do, then the next hundred years could produce a much more boy-friendly educational system.

Reviewer: Bob Kellemen, Ph.D., is the author of "Soul Physicians," "Spiritual Friends," and the forthcoming, "Beyond the Suffering."
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Ever Info on Boys 10 February 2006
By Mad Mom of Five - Published on
We have five children with three boys. All three have had problems ever since kindergarten. They are all now in middle school. Everything in subjects changes in middle school dividing the instruction among different teachers. It is highly more difficult as a child struggles with coping with the personality of each teacher and adapting to the individual instructional expectations in middle school.

This alone is a challenge. If you have boys and they have ADHD or ADD, not only will the children become frustrated, but so do the parents as will the teachers.

We were at our wit's end before our physican recommended The Mind of Boys. It made perfect sense to us as parents as we read things we had always noticed in our three boys.

With book in tow, we set up an appointment with the school counselor of each boy. Each one had a different counselor leading us to have to meet with them more than once. Stress among our family, friends and relatives was at an all time high. After many conferences with teachers and doctors, things seem to be coming together for the first time since I can remember.

The Minds of Boys has changed our life and we highly recommend it to any parent who has boys, to every teacher who teaches boys and to each counselor in every school district. If we can just save one family of having to go through what we did, it will be worth our testimonial.

When we thought we might never have a normal family life, this book helped us to snap out of it and helped us to make sense of the incredible mess we demonstrated among ourselves in our personal relationship with our boys.

It can change your life for the better. While our household is calmer, we know that there will still be highs and lows but Michael Gurian has made a significant difference in our lives. Other parenting books which have helped our family as a whole are, Your Gifted Child, No More Misbehavin' and Mommy CEO. These are books that out of all the ones we have read, have impacted our lives as a parent, mom and dad. Thank you so very much to all of these amazing authors. Today's parents and today's kids have to work together as a team with teachers and the school system for the very best results for each child.

I still believe in one important thing, when you think you know better than others, in regards to your children, never give up on your gut feelings, even if it means taking on teachers, doctors and a whole school system...parents know their kids better than anyone else can. You may not be able to convince others right away, but never giving up will lead to winning the battle.
46 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars See Your Son or Your Students Here 24 August 2006
By Melissa Wright - Published on
The library at the college where I work puts out a list of new books they have purchased in our area once per month, and this book was on the psychology list back in January. I thought it looked interesting and picked it up then, thinking it might have some good things to say about a book I'm writing about men and depression. I finally picked it up and started reading it last week, and finished it in less than a week. I really enjoyed the authors' styles of writing which made some of the technical information more accessible and easier to understand, which to me means it would be a great resource for students studying education and for parents of boys of all ages.

If it's so great, what's it about, you ask? A lot actually. The first thing that they discussed that caught my eye was the idea that for the past few years we've focused on girls and how to educate them better, and now the authors think it's time we focused on boys who were not doing well in school. It's not that we're helping girls to the detriment of boys, but now that we've helped girls it's time to focus on boy education. They describe some of their negative experiences with the education system, and it makes me realize that the things I've heard from guys about school all my life weren't just "coming from my friends." I always assumed I hung out with the non-academic guys or the extremely smart guys who were just turned off by education. Come to find out there are a lot of boys (and future men) who were turned off to education by our educational system's lack of teaching them in a way that they can learn. As Gurian writes in another one of his books, Boys and Girls Learn Differently! Gurian and Stevens describe the brain differences between boys and girls (and men and women) that cause these differences in learning styles, and I think that that chapter is probably one of the most important ones in the book. I honestly don't see how college programs that are educating future teachers can NOT cover this stuff.

A second thing that makes this book so interesting to me was that they talked about behaviors boys demonstrate in learning environments and where they come from in the brain. The research is telling us that that fidgety, always-have-to-be-moving, can't sit still to save his life 6-year-old that I always tell to sit down when I'm trying to work with him actually CAN be moving and still learn, and in fact, SHOULD be moving in order to learn better. The authors describe "boy energy" and how many parents and teachers don't understand it, and they may thus assume their child has ADD or ADHD. That was another very interesting section of the book - there was a discussion of using brain scans (PET and SPECT) to diagnose brain anomalies such as ADD and ADHD. Ever since the research came out showing that some parts of the brain are different in kids with attention disorders I've wondered why we weren't using that information to diagnose, and now the Amen Clinics that the authors describe are doing this.

Overall I was highly impressed by this book, and it really has excited me to try out some research on my college students in terms of men and learning in the college environment using some of the suggestions they give for grade school education. If you are going to be a teacher, or you're a parent that has a boy who is school age, you should definitely read this book. I think that you'll easily recognize a good number of your students or your child's behaviors here, and reading this will give you a better understanding of how they think and where the behaviors come from.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never Too Late to Learn 13 November 2009
By L. Thornton - Published on
Growing up without a father figure or brothers, I guess I never realized all the differences between boys and girls. This book helped me, an adult female educator, to see how boys think and learn very differently from girls. Sadly, there were no courses available to assist me in understanding how to differentiate instruction based on gender. After reading this book, I feel strongly that educators should be provided more instruction on how to meet the needs of all students; learning disabled, academically gifted, at-risk students, average students, and especially gender specific students.

The authors provide specific examples of strategies for parents, educators and administrators to help foster a better understanding of gender related differences. These strategies have been proven appropriate for baby to high school ages. Many strategies require a great deal of cooperation and communication between the student's family members (immediate or extended as well as other "tribal" members) teachers and community personnel. Guiran and Stevens emphasize the importance of reinvesting family members' involvement in order to overcoming this "crisis" in education.

One of the most important concepts I gained from this book was the importance of identifying the differences between boys who demonstrate symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) from those who are just exuding "boy energy". Too many boys are being identified with ADD/ADHD. Are we doing all that we can as educators to meet the needs of our boys in the classroom? I'm afraid I have not.

This elementary educator will be incorporating more movement during instruction and "brain breaks" between subjects. I will allow my boys more time to work on one task and not expect them to "multi-task", because I now know that this is difficult for them. I will also provide them with more choices in their assignments. There are many different means of assessing students' understanding. This book has forced me look at my teaching and planning in a different light. Small changes have already been implemented. One is that sometimes I just have to allow my boys to "bond" by walking away and ignoring a little rough housing. I used to require them to stop so they wouldn't get hurt. After reading this book, I may have been hurting them more by not allowing this "bonding" time. So yes, you can teach old dog new tricks. It's never too late to learn!

Mrs. T.