Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Boys Initiative

I have stumbled onto a treasure trove of information.

Today, in my inbox, I found a press release announcing the launch of The Boys Initiative, a "national campaign to address alarming negative trends in recent years pertaining to boys' educationl achievement and social adjustment."

As you know, I started this blog to address just those trends. My goal was -- and remains -- to share information about boys so that parents can make decisions from an informed perspective. I want concerned parents to know that they are not the only ones worrying over sons who lag behind in reading, whose behavior has been deemed unacceptable for the classroom and who wonder if the current academic environment might not have something to do with boys' troubles. I want parents to know the biological and developmental reality of boys. I want them to know about news and research studies that highlight the issues and concerns of today's boys, as well as some of the innovative programs that are helping boys across the country. I want to create a safe space where parents can share their concerns and draw strength from one another.

The Boys Initiative shares many of the same goals. Their website is FULL of useful resources. Need some facts or figures about boys' academic achievement? Need to know about boys' unique mental health concerns? Alternative educational options? Expert opinions and the latest research? It's all there.

Visit The Boys Initiative. Add your voice to the voices of others concerned for our sons. And always, continue to do your best at home. Parenting boys is a lot of work, but together, we can make a difference, one boy at a time.


  1. Hey thanks! I'm gonna check it out!

  2. There's two vids -

  3. Jennifer what a find for me today as I was just doing research on # of kids sent away to rehab centers etc., for my book proposal. Thanks. If you have other stats on how to find # of certain books sold when you don't have access to book scan, that would be fabulous. Thanks.

  4. Thank you for the information. It sounds like we have the same goals in mind to positively impact our next generation of boys.
    Donya, Co-Founder

  5. I remember when I did my student teaching while I was in college. I had to visit various schools and do observations and write papers on specific subject matters. I had no children of my own at the time but I remember thinking "I hope I don't have boys because they are treated like 2nd class citizens by teachers".

    What do you know... I have four sons. I have my sons in a Montessori school that allows them to move however and whenever they choose. I would be homeschooling if it weren't for this program... it saved my sanity.

    Thank you for posting those links. You and I are on the same page when it comes to the seriousness of raising boys.