Sobering, eye-opening article. Also, of course, true of the UK. Here is an edited summary of the data:
” • EDUCATION: This is the first generation of boys in U.S. history who will have less education than their dads.
Yet male teachers are scarce. Recess and vocational education are being curtailed.
Boys are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD, drop out of school or be expelled than girls.///
• FATHERLESSNESS: A third of boys are raised in fatherless homes. This lack of a dad leads to poorer academic and behavioral results for them than it does for girls. A recent study of boys revealed that by the third grade, boys with absent fathers scored lower on every achievement test.
Most gang members come from homes without dads.
• EMOTIONAL HEALTH: Depression remains hidden in boys because of the male taboo against the showing of feelings.
Boys’ risky, anti-social or violent behavior often serve as a mask for depression. Usually that behavior is punished but the underlying depression not treated.
Between the ages of 13 and 20, BOYS’ SUICIDE RATES SOAR TO FOUR TIMES THAT of girls of the same age.”