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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Three Biggest Fears for Raising Boys Today

From Yahoo's Blog The Shine - Parenting

June 19, 2012

Attorney, TV legal analyst, and author Lisa Bloom is out with her new critically-acclaimed book "Swagger: 10 Urgent Rules for Raising Boys in an Era of Failing Schools, Mass Joblessness, and Thug Culture" and she's here to give a wake-up call to parents raising young boys.

From failing schools to an economy of incarceration, Lisa explains the major threats hindering our boys ability to succeed in today's world and offers up real solutions to these urgent issues.

In Lisa's words:

"At this very moment, through no fault of their own, our boys are caught in the vortex of four powerful, insidious, often invisible forces that conspire to rob them of their future. First, our heartbreakingly subpar schools. To say that twenty-first-century America doesn’t value education is like saying Donald Trump doesn’t prioritize humility.

Class sizes grow, as kids sit on the floor or are crammed into “temporary” classrooms in hallways or bathrooms. School buildings crumble, leak, and emit toxic fumes. Junk-food school lunches make our kids sick and fat (while bloating the profits of giant food processing companies), dropping their test scores. Teachers are reduced to begging on charity websites for books for first graders.

At even the best schools our kids graduate without knowing the basics of U.S. history or the rudiments of science. Our kids already enjoy some of the shortest school days and school years in the developed world. And now we are witnessing a new sickening trend: in over one hundred counties in America, state budget cuts have pared the school week down to only four days. Hooray! An extra day every week to watch Fear Factor and play Xbox!"

Read More: http://lisabloom.com/site/lisas-books/swagger-excerpt/

Lisa Bloom is an attorney, legal analyst for Avvo.com, and author. For more, check out www.LisaBloom.com. To purchase Swagger, click here.

1 comment:

  1. “temporary” classrooms in hallways or bathrooms"

    My God! I thought things were bad in American schools when I was a child!