Jack Kammer, who created The Center for Men and Boys in Social Policy forwarded a new study that comes from the Maine Boys Network has come out with The Gender Divide in Academic Achievement (2008) that interviewed boys about their attitude about schools.
In one part boys said what type of teachers they want: “Just over one-third of the groups discussed desire for either more male teachers or teachers with whom they have something in common. Younger boys used this very language: teachers were more effective if students ‘have a lot in common with them.'” (p. 7).
It’s an interesting report to read and the MBN has done some great work looking objectively at the challenges facing both boys and girls in schools. Unfortunately, they do not cite demographic information and the sample was only from the state of Maine so findings may not be applicable to other regions of the United States.
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