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The Gender Equation in Schools



 Gender bias affects boys’ experience in schools. It’s most often unconscious and unintentional bias but it affects how our boys see themselves and how they feel about school and learning. And until we admit that fact and grapple with the gender equation in schools, things aren’t going to get much better. Educator Jason Ablin learned that … Continue reading The Gender Equation in Schools


Listener Q & A: Playdates, School, Support, & Messes!



Raising boys brings up all kinds of questions! Kristen asks: Is it normal for a 9-10 year old boy to get into physical altercations with friends at every play date? Juliann asks for help figuring out how to best support a son who is “generally non-ambitious” when he finally identifies and pursues an ambition. She … Continue reading Listener Q & A: Playdates, School, Support, & Messes!


How Microschools and Black Moms May End the School to Prison Pipeline



When they realized that schools wouldn’t change quickly enough to meet their kids’ needs, members of the Black Mothers Forum opened microschools, with an eye toward ending the school to prison pipeline. Existing school leaders and educators “really did not understand how to create a safe and supportive learning environment for our Black children,” say … Continue reading How Microschools and Black Moms May End the School to Prison Pipeline


Four Years of ON BOYS



Four years of ON BOYS podcast! 214 episodes, more than 900,000 downloads, and countless deep, moving moments. We’ve talked about vaping, sex, boys & body image, consent, connection, and misconceptions about boys. We wrestle with gender stereotypes, education, and the real-life struggles of living with boys. Janet and Jen collectively devote up to 10 hours … Continue reading Four Years of ON BOYS


Empowering Boys w Laurie A. Couture



Empowering boys is one powerful way to address the boy crisis. Some people — often, people who don’t have or work with boys — wonder why boys need to be empowered. After all, they say, men still control most businesses and countries. But boys struggle in the classroom and in our communities. “Dangerous double standards” … Continue reading Empowering Boys w Laurie A. Couture


The Tyler Merritt Project on Helping Boys Survive Mistakes



Before he started The Tyler Merritt Project or created his viral video, Before You Call the Cops, Tyler Merritt was a confused, young black boy trying to make sense of all the expectations and stereotypes swirling around him. “I wish somebody had really sat down with me as a young person and simply said, ‘Hey, … Continue reading The Tyler Merritt Project on Helping Boys Survive Mistakes


Troubled Boys (w Kenneth R. Rosen)



What do you with troubled boys? With boys who are failing school, sneaking off, and using substances? Boys who have resisted disciplinary efforts and redirection? That’s the question at the heart of Kenneth R. Rosen’s latest book, Troubled: The Failed Promise of America’s Behavioral Treatment Programs. There are no easy answers to that question but … Continue reading Troubled Boys (w Kenneth R. Rosen)


Forest Schools Get Boys Learning Naturally



School + nature = forest schools “A forest school is holistic education outdoors in nature,” says Nicki Farrell, co-founder of Wildings Forest School in Queensland, Australia. Learning doesn’t typically follow set curriculum; rather, it’s child-led. Education is individualized and play-based and includes plenty of movement. The kids who struggle the most in traditional schools — … Continue reading Forest Schools Get Boys Learning Naturally


Seth Perler Explains Executive Function



Does your son have a problem with executive function? Let’s put it another way…. Does he struggle with homework, procrastination, time management, or lack of motivation? Does he have ADHD? If so, he probably needs help developing his executive functioning. “If you want to help a kid who is struggling with homework, grades, procrastination, under … Continue reading Seth Perler Explains Executive Function


Novel Education for Boys



What would happen if we based our education for boys on their interests?  The idea of crafting an education around a student’s interests is a bit novel in today’s world of standardized curriculum and tests. But the concept is sound. As parents (and educators) know, trying to force a child to learn something they don’t … Continue reading Novel Education for Boys