The 3 Reasons Schools Are Failing Boys

Check out this excellent 12 minute presentation on the failure of schools to engage boys presented at a TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) Conference in pennsylvania in October 2010

At TEDxPSUAli Carr-Chellman pinpointed three reasons boys are tuning out of school in droves, and laid out her bold plan to re-engage them: bringing their culture into the classroom, with new rules that let boys be boys, and video games that teach as well as entertain

The three key reasons the former teacher and educational instructor gives for schools failure to engage boys are:

  1. Zero tolerance of boys natural behaviour
  2. Lack of male teachers and role models
  3. Pressure to take academic tests too young

The simple idea of ‘letting boys be boys’ echoes the approach taken in Gareth Malone’s extraordinary school for boys in the UK – though the focus on using computer games does not!

Click here now to watch the 3 reasons schools are failing boys.

If you prefer the outdoor approach then check out Gever Tully, co-founder of the Tinkering School who also made a 9 minute TED presentation that you can watch by clicking this link about five dangerous things you should let boys (and girls) do.


Glen Poole is UK co-ordinator for International Men's Day, Director at the consultancy Helping Men and news editor of insideMAN magazine. Follow him on twitter @HelpingMen or find out more about his work at

Posted in NEWS, World News On Men's Issues
One comment on “The 3 Reasons Schools Are Failing Boys
  1. You might be interested in a slightly different take on failing boys posted at

    “Why Are American Men So Dumb?”

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