Educators and parents in the United States are engaged in an important debate about the way we raise and educate boys. After twenty years of illuminating research on girls and debate about gender equity in schools, it is time to consider some of the risk factors that af ict the lives of boys. They are four times more likely than girls to be sent to a school psychologist; they are diagnosed with 60-80% of learning disorders. Their areas of strength, physical activity and visual-spatial perception, are not as important as verbal skills in the feminine, quiet, word-dominated environment of schools.
For nearly thirty-five years, Dr. Michael Thompson has worked as a clinical psychologist, school consultant and international speaker on the subjects of children, schools and parenting. He’s authored nine books focusing on the emotional lives of boys, friendships and social cruelty in childhood, the tensions that arise in the parent-teacher relationships, and psychological aspects of school leadership. His work with independent schools and public school districts throughout the United States, and with international schools in Europe, Asia and South America takes him to about fty schools a year to lead workshops for teachers, administrators, parents and students. Dr. Thompson has appeared on The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, ABC 20/20, and CBS 60 Minutes. He wrote, narrated and hosted a two-hour PBS documentary entitled “Raising Cain” that was broadcast nationally in 2006.