I wanted to reblog this well-written post because it did not come from the United States. It didn’t even come from a teacher, but it is a topic that teachers grapple with on a daily basis.
Many adolescent boys are disengaged and unmotivated at school, and their results reflect this. Boys are not hard-wired to sit at a desk all day and learn in the way that they are now being taught. Changes to the curriculum, standardised testing and a lag time in the education system’s adoption of new methods of teaching are all to blame. Paradoxically, as adults our Generation Z boys will need to be creative, lateral thinkers that can problem-solve and think globally in order to be successful.
It all starts on the first day of school. We bid farewell to our beautiful, happy, enthusiastic little boys as they run to the school gate. Fast forward ten years and they are in Year 9. We haul them out of bed with a combination of bribes and threats while telling them no, they can’t have the day off school and no, they need to…
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