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Boys Adrift

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This is a summary with commentary on Leonard Sax's recent book "Boys Adrift". The ideas of the book are summarized and commentary is provided. Questions are posed at the end.

This is a summary with commentary on Leonard Sax's recent book "Boys Adrift". The ideas of the book are summarized and commentary is provided. Questions are posed at the end.

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  • 1. BOYS ADRIFT LEONARD SAX Summary and commentary by Charlie Roy
  • 2. Context and Author
    • Leonard Sax: an MD and Psychologist
    • Practices outside of Washington DC
    • Natural Interest
    • Author of “Why Gender Matters”
    • Very popular – Washington Post OP-ed
  • 3. My personal interest
    • Father of twin boys
    • Attended an all-male college
    • Topic of interest
    • Personal Work as an Adminstrator
  • 4. Chapter 1: The Riddle
    • Chronic presence of disengaged young men
    • Lack of drive
      • College rates
        • 1949 – 70%
        • 1959 – 64%
        • 1969 – 59%
        • 1979 – 49%
        • 1989 - 46%
        • 1999 - 44%
        • 2006 - 42%
    • Not minimizing the issues with girls
  • 5. Chapter 2: The First Factor: School
    • Changes in Education
      • Not identifying gender differences
      • Pre-literate focus of Kindergarten
      • Weisenchraft vs. kenntnis
      • Positive Self- Esteem movement
  • 6. Chapter 3: Factor 2 – Video Games
    • Will to Power
    • 12 vs 5
    • Erodes work ethic
    • Provides needed excitement and challenge
    • There are good games
    • Advice
      • Limit types
      • 40 minutes maximum
      • Provide other activities
  • 7. Chapter 4: Factor 3 – ADHD meds
    • The “Timmy” dilemma
    • Tom Sawyer and ADHD
    • Focus now and no drive later
  • 8. Continued…..
    • Dr. Gabrielli
      • Nucleus accumbens
    • Dr. Carlezon
      • DLPFC – dorsallateral prefrontal cortex
  • 9. Chapter 5: endocrine disruptors
    • Developmental hormones
    • Something is wrong
      • Potomac
      • Orlando
    • Plastics perhaps ?
      • Phthalates
      • Bisphenol- A
      • Damaging the PCAP
  • 10. Continued…
    • Sexual development of children
    • Effects on boys / girls
  • 11. Chapter 6: end results
    • Trade trauma
    • Cultural shift
      • Portrayal of men
      • Changes in women’s literature
    • Examples from book
  • 12. Chapter 7: factor – revenge of the foresaken gods
    • Surviving Cultures and practices
    • Boys look for this challenge
    • Must be managed
    • Can we even define “manliness” any more
    • Sax – Men in service to others
    • Village and role models under attack
  • 13. Chapter 8: Detox
    • Pick a good school
    • Truly evaluate ADD / ADHD
    • Avoid Plastics
    • Male Role-Models
  • 14. Ending questions
    • Model worth emulating in schools
    • Are schools overly feminized
    • Are gender roles merely social constructs
    • How severe is the problem