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Are schools failing boys?

Boy in a preschool classroom.
Boy in a preschool classroom.

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A number of indicators suggest that—compared to girls—boys are struggling in school. Richard Whitmire—author of “Why Boys Fail”—says that’s because schools increasingly emphasize verbal skills. Is that the whole picture or do gender expectations limit both boys and girls?


Richard Whitmire, author of Why Boys Fail (Anacom)

Susan McGee Bailey, executive director, Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley College