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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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  • Word Wise: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #401,470 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I understand him better now... 26 September 2007
By Indy mom - Published on
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As a mother of a young boy(5) who is experiencing several of the symptoms described in the book (disliking school, lack of participation, academic difficulties, occasional disruptive behavior, etc), this book has helped me, if nothing else, to be more empathetic, understanding and patient towards him. This in itself is worth a solid recommendation for the book. Our sons need love, support and understanding, despite the aggravation that their behaviour sometimes causes. In a world where teachers and doctors are quick to diagnose ADHD and prescribe drugs, this book also equipped me to have better discussions with doctors and teachers. It does not provide a quick fix, but strong support along the journey.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Minding about "The Minds of Boys 10 November 2010
By Otiso - Published on
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Is the talk about boys bad for the girls? Gurian writes that it is all about equity. Gender roles keep changing but male female functionality never changes. The way male and female brain works is different. What kinds of men are we bringing up or want to bring up in our society? Gurian gives suggestions on motivating the unmotivated and underperforming boys. The book provides tips and insights for families and educators to use at home and at school to help unmotivated boys to start learning.
The book is well written with ideas logically flowing and assertions supported by scientific research. The book is arranged in four main parts. Part one focuses on the current crisis. The second part outlines the boy-friendly learning environment. The other two parts dwell on teaching the school curriculum in boy-friendly manner and helping boys who need extra help. The suggested ideas on dealing with each of these issues are great!

I recommend this book for families, educators and other interested groups in the education and upbringing of boys.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy This Book 18 December 2012
By MTE - Published on
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I’ve plowed through a lot of literature on this topic and been fairly dissatisfied with the results. Either the book was a recitation of the problem without concrete solutions or the solutions presented amounted to, “Push harder, but with a boyish smile.”
This book, however, provides real, workable solutions to helping boys in school.
The biggest obstacle you will face after reading the book is getting the teacher(s) on board with the alternatives. I’ve found a good deal of resistance, but I haven’t given up.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource for parents, teachers, or anyone else who mentors boys. 9 January 2015
By Clayton Townley - Published on
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This is a great book that really does explain the minds of boys well. I read it when I was a teacher; our whole staff read it as a group and it really helped us understand how to help the boys in our classes succeed. Now that I am having a boy after two girls, I'm re-reading it as a refresher to help give him the support he needs to be awesome(and successful).
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have Tool for Parents of Boys 10 March 2006
By A. Nahmias - Published on
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I would highly recommend this book to any parent of a boy. I know that this is a broad, sweeping statement, and that not all parents will face the challenges, which this book highlights, however, I was relieved to discover in reading this book that I am not alone. I was heartbroken, when at three, my son was transitioned into a class of four and five-year-old children without any of his peers. There, a Pre-K teacher, told him that he was `stupid' and `didn't listen' because he could not sit still or write his letters, and that he had ADD. Her dissatisfaction with him eventually escalated until she physically hit my son. He was traumatized by this incident. I subsequently removed him from this school. However, when I saw the news program featuring the Michael Gurian Institute and this book, I tried to get it from Barnes & Nobles and Borders only to discover it was sold out. I then ordered it from Amazon and have not been able to put it down. It has given me the tools to mitigate successfully potential negative interactions with his current teachers and caregivers, and to build bridges that celebrate his uniqueness as a young boy entering the educational arena. A Must Have!!