At TEDxPSU, Ali 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:
- Zero tolerance of boys natural behaviour
- Lack of male teachers and role models
- 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!
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.