Q&A Thursday: My son is struggling in school...

Question: My son is struggling in school.  He comes home in the afternoon and often says “I hate school.”   Is there anything I can do to help him?  

 Check out this great article on boys and school with 3 great ideas for helping boys in school.  

What Schools Can Do To Help Boys Succeed

If boys are restive and unfocused, we must look for ways to help them do better. Here are three suggestions...

Being a boy can be a serious liability in today’s classroom. As a group, boys are noisy, rowdy and hard to manage. Many are messy, disorganized and won’t sit still. Young male rambunctiousness, according to a recent study, leads teachers to underestimate their intellectual and academic abilities. “Girl behavior is the gold standard in schools,” says psychologist Michael Thompson. “Boys are treated like defective girls.”  READ MORE

 

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Technology Tuesday: "Growing up Digital, Wired for Distraction"

This is an article worth reading from the NYTimes...

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — On the eve of a pivotal academic year in Vishal Singh’s life, he faces a stark choice on his bedroom desk: book or computer?

By all rights, Vishal, a bright 17-year-old, should already have finished the book, Kurt Vonnegut’s “Cat’s Cradle,” his summer reading assignment. But he has managed 43 pages in two months.

He typically favors FacebookYouTubeand making digital videos. That is the case this August afternoon. Bypassing Vonnegut, he clicks over to YouTube, meaning that tomorrow he will enter his senior year of high school hoping to see an improvement in his grades, but without having completed his only summer homework.

On YouTube, “you can get a whole story in six minutes,” he explains. “A book takes so long. I prefer the immediate gratification.”

Students have always faced distractions and time-wasters. But computers and cellphones, and the constant stream of stimuli they offer, pose a profound new challenge to focusing and learning. READ MORE

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