Peg Tyre’s publisher solicited me to read this book for the site, and I was intrigued enough by the book to say “yes.” I remember being fascinated by the Newsweek article she wrote a few years ago, but it was published while my son was fairly small. I wasn’t thinking about him going to kindergarten or how the educational system might treat him. Her book came to my attention while Eli’s debut at school is looming large on my horizon. The book couldn’t have come at a better time for me because of that.
Tyre’s book is an incredibly readable look at what children–and most especially boys–are facing in the educational system as it is now. With little unstructured play time and the ever-increasing pressures of No Child Left Behind testing, our boys are indeed getting left in the dust. She details where we do a disservice to our boys starting in preschool, and suggests things for us as parents to do to start helping them get back on track.
This book is a must read for parents of boys and all educators. I’ll definitely be asking Eli’s teacher next year if she’s read it and suggesting it to her if she hasn’t. I feel like it has shown what to watch for as Eli is in school. This book is the first thing I’ve read that has ever made me potentially contemplate home schooling for my kids if they aren’t getting the educational experience that I think they need. That is powerful stuff indeed, as I have pretty much always been a vocal supporter of public education.
Tyre’s site has other good info about The Trouble with Boys and other articles she’s published. I highly recommend checking out the site as well as the book.