This is a TED talk about engaging boys in education from an American perspective. It is, however, spreading globally.
I am trying to be more aware of how I influence Monkey's learning or attitude to learning. It is very hard though. I have always had an aversion to boys in my class play fighting. But on the otherhand I have never said anything negative to them about the violence prevalent in theur stories.
I do think that the system needs to adapt to the needs of the modern tech savvy child. I do think that I have a role to play in helping him negotiate through the system and being there to call the teachers on it. (Yes, I AM that mother!)
I would agree that that there is a need for more engaging games and curriculum areas for boys. And that video games/pc games would be the way to go. Now if only NZ schools were more tech savvy and understood the need for using technology from the word go... In the UK I worked with boys who were very behind their peers academically but put them on a laptop with a spell check and they started to close the gap. I don't think that would be an option here.
What is your take on the learning of boys. Any great advice for me as I am only three years into my role as "Mother of a boy"