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Spring 2002 Issue # 2
Resources on Raising and Educating Boys

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African American Males in School and Society: Practices and Policies for Effective Education by Vernon C. Polite and James Earl Davis, Editors
The editors have brought together the perspectives and research findings of eminent scholars who study the educational and social lives of African American males. Thoughtful attention is paid to broader outcomes such as educational attainment, job procurement, and quality of life. These topics are discussed against the backdrop of student background and schooling with an overall aim to improve the academic and social outcomes of this population. For more information, click here.

Boys into Men: Raising Our African American Teenage Sons by Nancy Boyd-Franklin, A.J., Franklin, Ph.D , Pamela A Toussaint
This book provides such useful specific information on raising young black men as how parents can counsel their sons to prevent their being arrested or shot by overzealous police following racial-profiling practices. They offer parents encouragement and a wealth of further resources. For more information, click here.

Gender Differences Found In The Way Boys and Girls Solve Math Problems
Two new studies in the June issue of the Journal of Educational Psychology, look at gender differences in math learning in elementary school and the role social pressure plays in math achievement for adolescents. For more information, click here.

Masculinities at School by Nancy Lesko
This book presents a collection of current critical scholarship on the creation of masculinities in schools. Contributors examine experiences in North American, Australian, and British schools at all levels from preschool to graduation, and from school settings such as computer labs to the football field. The result is a thoughtful analysis of how masculinities are related to competing definitions of masculinity and femininity. The chapters show how masculinities are constructed among teachers, students, and administrators and locates these analyses within broader social, economic, and ideological contexts. For more information, click here.

Manhood in America by Michael S. Kimmel
As the first cultural history of men in America, this book examines how the experience of manhood as defined merican males and the American culture. Kimmel argues that it is time for men to rediscover their own evolution. Kimmel believes that men must follow the lead of the women's movement, for only by mining their past for its best qualities and the worst excesses will men free themselves from the constraints of the masculine ideal. For more information, click here.

More Than a Few Good Men: Strategies for Inspiring Boys and Young Men To Be Allies in Sexist Education by Jackson Katz
Outlines six key strategies for inspiring boys and young men to be allies with girls and women in gender violence prevention education. The six strategies discussed are: Introducing violence against women as a men's issue; framing gender violence prevention as a leadership issue for boys and men; personalizing gender violence issues through "remedial empathy" exercises; focusing on the role of bystanders and discussing concrete options for intervention; making the connection between homophobia and men's reluctance to challenge sexism; and preempting predictable criticisms and objections from boys and men. For more information, click here.

Mothers and Sons: Raising Relational Boys by Cate Dooley, M.S. and Nikki Fedele, Ph.D.
This paper highlights the importance of the mother-son relationship and describes issues and conflicts specific to boy's development at four distinct stages. The authors focus on empowering the mother/son relationship and offer practical suggestions for staying connected. For more information, click here.

Politics of Masculinities by Michael A. Messner
Messner explores such topics as "Mythopoetic Men's Movements," "Sexual and Racial Identity Politics," and "Radical and Socialist Feminist Men's Movements". For more information, click here.

PROJECT 2000: An Educational Mentoring and Academic Support Model for Inner-City African American Boys by Spencer H. Holland
PROJECT 2000 program is a preventive measure against school failure among inner-city African American males. It outlines the scope and vision of this community-based program and its impact on the education of African American youth via its use of adult male role models who offer assistance with academic subjects, comradery, and guidance.

Raising Cain by Daniel Kindlon and Michael Thompson
Two leading child psychologists share what they have learned in more than 35 years of combined experience working with boys and their families. They reveal a nation of boys who are hurting-sad, afraid, angry, and silent. The authors set out to answer the basic, crucial question: What do boys need that they are not getting? The authors shed light on the destructive emotional training our boys receive-the emotional miseducation of boys. For more information, click here.

Real Boys' Voices by William S. Pollack and Todd Shuster
This book, talks directly to many boys nationwide. The authors discuss such issues as being homophobic, losing their virginity, and gender roles For more information, click here.

Taking the Bully By the Horns by Kathy Noll and Dr. Jay Carter
It teaches young people the skills they need to handle bullies and youth violence, and maintain a healthy self-esteem. For more information, click here.

The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm by Nancy Farmer
This award winning fictional book is about a young boy, Tendai, growing up in Zimbabwe in the 22nd century. He is the son of a General and lives a sheltered life, far from the dangers of the outside world. He takes a journey away from his tribe and not only discovers unexpected strengths in himself, but gains a new understanding of the tribal spirit that underlies his country. For more information, click here.

The Politics of Manhood edited by Michael S. Kimmel
This compilation of essays provides a provocative dialogue among men-including leaders from both the profeminist and mythopoetic sides of the issue-on the politics of contemporary men's movement and the current crisis of masculinity. For more information, click here.

The Wonder of Boys by Michael Gurian
The author reads from his best selling book. These audiotapes discuss why boys are different. Parents, educators and the community need to recognize and honor those differences. For more information, click here.

Theorizing Masculinities edited by Harry Brod and Michael Kaufman
This anthology from a variety of disciplines explores ways of studying men and masculinities. The collection includes essays on the intersections of masculinity, race, sexual orientation, and class. For more information, click here.

Violence Reflections on a National Epidemic by James Gilligan
In this groundbreaking book, James Gilligan examines the epidemic foremost in the minds of most Americans-violence. As he tells the stories of the men he treated at a hospital for the criminally insane, Dr. Gilligan traces the devastating links between violence and shame. He shows how that deadly emotion drives people to destroy others and even themselves rather than suffer a loss of self-respect. For more information, click here.

Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard and Earl. B. Lewis
The story concerns a young African-American girl in Post-Reconstruction Tennessee who hankers to follow her five older brothers to school; young African-American girls did not typically attend school during this time. The book provides a story interesting to young school age kids. For more information, click here.

What About the Boys? by Michael Kimmel, the author reviews data that reflects boys experiences in school, asking the question, have boys been left out? For more information, click here.

Why Boys Don't Talk and Why We Care: A Mother's Guide to Connection by Susan Shaffer and Linda Gordon addresses the difficult realities of growing up male today. Provides explanations of current psychological, educational, sociological, and scientific theories about boys' behavior, and points out the societal constraints many boys face during adolescence. For more information, click here.


Big Brother Big Sister Association of America was founded in 1904. In 1977 the Big Brothers and Big Sisters organizations merged into Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and the national headquarters was established in Philadelphia. Today BBBSA provides one-to-one mentoring relationships between adult volunteers and children primarily from single-parent families in over 500 programs throughout the United States.

Boys and Girls Club Services of Greater Victoria, British Columbia
The primary mission of Boys and Girls Club Services of Greater Victoria is to enhance the quality of life in their community by supporting children, youth and families in achieving their potential. They sponsor social, educational, and recreational programs for the youth of their area. In addition, they run 3-6 month youth outreach programs. Youth are guided by professionals to manage their lives independently, including locating stable places to live, writing resumes, and seeking jobs.

Girls and Boys Town reaching 5,941 children in 2000 teaches new skills to young people battling serious deeply rooted problems. They face difficulties far more troubling than those of the average American youngster, but they do get better as a result of the competent compassionate intervention of the Girls and Boys Town professionals are trained to provide.

International Boys School Coalition is dedicated to the education and development of boys, the professional growth of those who work with them, and the advocacy and advancement of institutions-primary school for boys-that serve them.

National Coalition for Students with Disabilities, seeks to strengthen legal rights and remedies, build networks among student groups, and expand educational opportunities for students with disabilities.

Supporting Our Sons, is a national nonprofit membership organization committed to promoting a better understanding of boyhood and to empowering parents, educators, and professionals to support the healthy development of our young sons.

The Search Institute is an independent, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization whose mission is to advance the well-being of adolescents and children by generating knowledge and promoting its application. To accomplish this mission, the institute generates, synthesizes, and communicates new knowledge, convenes organizational and community leaders, and works with state and national organizations.


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