Are schools hostile to boys?


Citing recent suspensions of boys who were doing nothing more than what  boys do — pretending a pencil or a Pop-Tart is a gun — a writer for Time magazine says “schools are becoming hostile environments for young boys.”

What has “zero tolerance” given us? On some campuses, tug of war has been replaced by “tug of peace.” But, Christina Hoff Sommers writes: “Play is a critical basis for learning. And boys’ heroic play is no exception.”

She notes these grim numbers:

  • Boys are nearly five times more likely to be expelled from preschool than girls.
  • In grades K-12, boys account for nearly 70% of suspensions, often for minor acts of insubordination and defiance.
  • Millions of boys are struggling academically
  • Today boys are far less likely than girls to pursue education beyond high school