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“Ali Carr-Chellman spells out three reasons boys are tuning out of school in droves, and lays out her bold plan to re-engage them: bringing their culture into the classroom, with new rules that let boys be boys, and video games that teach as well as entertain.”

The 3 Reasons boys are tuning out:

Zero Tolerance - school culture is out of since with boy culture because schools restrict anything that can be perceived to be violent like: toy guns, pen knives, rough housing, writing games, wars, fighting or anything else that hints at violence.
Fewer Male Teachers – 93% of elementary school teachers are female which means our young boys are not getting enough positive male influence in their school days.
Kindergarten is the Old Second Grade – boys mature slower than girls and the compressed curriculum and demands that young boys are expected to sit down, be quite, follow the instructions and do what you are told when they are not ready to do so.

Ali Carr-Chellman suggests we need to meet boys where they are at and accept them for who they are. We can specifically do this by;

Designing Better Games – Educational games are fancy flash cards and don’t the depth and rich narrative or popular games.
Talk to teachers, parents, school boards members and politicians – to find ways to change the culture to decompress the curriculum and make the learning space more acceptable of boys.
Find more money for game design – it cost money to create good games
Change teachers attitudes – need to help teacher become more open and accepting of boy culture in their classrooms.

The goal is to have the boys leaving elementary school thinking they are smart. Unfortunately, most boys are not currently feeling this way.

I have to thank my wonderful wife Marilyn for sharing this video with me and with sharing this belief. We are raising our boys to follow their passions. According to the popular saying:

“If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.”

My twist on this popular quote:

“If you make your passion your profession you will never work a day in your life.”

If we do follow this sage advice perhaps we will then heed Fredrick Douglas’ admonition:

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”

Scientific evidence that video games can be good for us.

Sir Ken Robinson confirms that the learning revolution has already begun and if we have any involvement with students we can make a difference:

The education system for any given student is the school or classroom they go to… If you are a teacher you are the education system for those kids. So you can change the world of education for those kids immediately if you choose to. If enough of us do that, that adds up to social movement and that is what revolutions is.

Are you doing your part?