I took a break Friday afternoon, and went on a long hike with my favorite three-year-old. I took my trusty pocket-sized point-and-shoot along, because we usually come across some pretty interesting characters. We like to look at our photos afterward, and talk about them. What we see with our own eyes leaves an indelible impression on both of us.
|WE SAW TURTLE DEE AND TURTLE DUM|
Nature provides my favorite kind of teaching opportunity. I either see or learn something new every time I venture outside. Having a curious young man as my sidekick is just icing on the cake for me. (Ooh, I love cake!)
While I am amazed at the great strides that women have made in the last century, I am shocked to hear how quickly our boys are falling behind. I celebrate girls who dream big, and accomplish fabulous feats of incredible courage, whether at work or at home. I’m just not sure why our boys have to fail for our girls to succeed. It’s not an either/or issue. Rich, poor, or somewhere in between, we should be lifting all children up, and giving them all an equal chance.
IN THE END, I SAW ONE VERY HAPPY, HEALTHY LITTLE BOY!
(Don’t worry, it’s a closed road. Foot traffic only!)
The astonishing conclusion in this piece from Lester Holt, of NBC News, is that 3/4 of all boys start school behind. Catching up seems to be next to impossible. See if these stats confound you, like they did me:
Hear the rest of what Dr. Michael Thompson,
co-author of “Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys” had to say:
We must raise our sons and daughters up in equal measure. If one of us falls behind, we all suffer. We must make sure that all children are afforded the opportunity to learn in an environment best suited to their abilities. We need more schools like Hackberry Hill, but cutting funding and firing teachers won’t get us there.
There has to be a better way.
Until we figure out what that is, I’m going to keep nourishing the mind and spirit of my little guy, and let him know that he can grow up to be anything he wants to be!