Successful nations are failing young boys

Monday, February 24, 2020
Chris Woodward (

Dad playing soccer with sonThe author of a book about what he calls a "global crisis" says boys today have no one with whom they can identify.

During the 14 years he spent doing research work for The Boy Crisis, author Warren Farrell, Ph.D. found that boys are doing worse than girls on almost every academic subject, especially reading and writing, in all 56 of the largest developed nations around the world. So he calls this "a global crisis."

Dr. Farrell says there are two main reasons why boys in developed nations are doing so poorly compared to girls.

"One is that the more successful a nation is, the more likely it is to be more permissive around giving adults the opportunity to be able to get divorced, which usually … leads to a lack of father involvement, or alternatively allowing children to be raised by moms who do not have a father involved with them," he explains. "So in the United States, for example, 53 percent of moms under 30 raise children without being married. And even when they have a man living with them when the child is born, the average length of time that the father remains involved with the family is four years."

According to Dr. Farrell, who chairs the Commission to Create A White House Council on Boys to Men, girls and boys both suffer from a lack of father involvement, but boys suffer from a lack of father involvement a lot more than girls.


School systems, he says, are also a factor.

"Recess has been cut back, vocational education has been cut back, and we haven't brought male teachers into our schools, our elementary schools especially, and also our nursery schools," Dr. Farrell continues. "A lot of children now are being left in nursery schools where they have an all-female environment, or they go from a mother-only home to a female-dominated elementary school system, and so they don't have any good male role models to, especially traditional boys don't tend to have male role models at all in the elementary or even junior high system, and non-traditional boys have very few in elementary school or in nursery school."

Dr. Farrell warns that that leaves boys vulnerable to gang leaders or drug dealers who promise an identity or a sense of belonging.

In terms of how to address this crisis, Farrell recommends the creation of things like male teacher corps to train male teachers to be involved in the classroom. Another idea is to offer a federal scholarship to help males train for jobs in the classroom in exchange for a few years of service after graduation.

"When children are the products of divorce where there is minimal father involvement, those children can have teachers at least that give them a variety of role models in the classroom," Dr. Farrell submits. "Normally, teachers are sort of more gentle, loving, caring, non-traditional males, and it's important to have those types of teachers in the classroom. But it's also important to have teachers who have previously been firefighters or police officers or more traditional males, so a boy, given whatever personality he has, can have somebody he can identity with."


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