That was the title of my first book. The work emanated from a few thousand hours of working with students who were underperforming. Both genders had their issues. But boys seemed to dominate the number in my notes on “motivation is the primary issue.” The literature pointed to a growing phenomenon of male underachievement. Data soon followed that illustrated the wonderful news that girls were doing well in comparison but troubling news that boys were falling behind at an alarming rate. Girls soon outpaced boys in gaining admission to select colleges. Soon enough, college counseling advice among those in the know included tidbits like “he’s a boy so he’ll have a higher chance of admission.”
The pandemic has made this subject an issue again.
If you are a parent of boy who is floundering, we can help.