Are Schools Boy Friendly?

Now if you could tie the social studies lesson into monster trucks...

Here’s a PBS article on the difficulties boys face in school.

Do you find your son’s teachers are impatient with or devalue his interests?

My son’s lucky to have an SLP who totally gets boys and their obssessions with Lego, Godzilla, Star Wars, and videogames. She knows how to engage boys at where their interests are, which is invaluable!

How about your son’s reading interests? Does he prefer nonfiction, pictoral encyclopedias, and coffee table books? Do you feel his teachers honor those preferences?

Or, do you have a girl whose interests are more like those we traditionally associate with boys? Does she have a hard time with teachers and other girls who put subtle (or not so subtle!) pressure on her to be interested in “girl things”?

Our kids need to be pushed out of their comfort zone and exposed to different interests and different types of books, but we also need to honor their proclivities and interests.

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One response to “Are Schools Boy Friendly?

  1. Kristy Warkentin

    If we aren’t our child’s advocate, who will be?

    My son is 10. His primary teacher this year is a mom of 3 boys. We’ve had teachers with all boys in the past, but this one actually ‘gets him’, and my son adores her.
    She is patient with his interests, and has built the trust necessary to be able to push him outside his comfort zone. She also loves legos — which creates a HUGE bond!

    I think part of the problem is that the teachers and staff at these schools have to step outside of their own comfort zone. Sure they can teach our kids something, but our kids can teach them something as well….

    I pulled my son out of the G/T program. The teacher was very self-centered, and constantly complained to me that he had trouble following verbal directions.
    He has sensory issues. I informed her that he also has auditory processing problems (50% delay in one ear and often hears words incorrectly) she continued to shuffle and read papers on her desk, rolled her eyes, shrugged her shoulders and said “I have no idea what that is”.

    For over a year and a half, I asked this teacher to provide us with written instructions or a lesson plan so my son could fully understood everything that was going on. He could do the work, he just needed some accommodation. If he can read it, he knows it, and never forgets…he has a memory like an elephant.
    It was obvious that she simply did not want to deal with him because he was not a ‘cookie cutter’ kid.

    I love my quirky boy.

    Kristy Warkentin

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