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Why Boys Fail by Richard WHITMIRE

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CHAPTER 5The Blame Game: What Gets Blamed (Unfairly) for the Gender Gaps

 

THE SEARCH FOR the causes of the boy troubles is littered with false leads, starting with Christina Hoff Sommers’s book The War Against Boys: How Misguided Feminism Is Harming Our Young Men.1 Published in 2000, Sommers’s book was prescient in warning us that boys, not girls, were the ones struggling in school. The blame, said Sommers, lies with the feminist-dominated teaching profession for designing classroom environments more suited for girls than boys. With the benefit of hindsight it appears that while Sommers was dead-on right about warning that boys were in trouble, she was wrong to pin the blame on feminists. The proof of this is straightforward: The boys’ problems ...

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