Written By: Dr. Edmond J. Dixon, PhD
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‘Let’s face it; I’m stupid. You know it, I know it, and my parents know it!”
These words were spoken in anguish and anger to me by Chad, a 12-year-old student in my office. He reflected a profound problem that I could no longer ignore as a school principal. I had seen too many boys who did not succeed in school. I knew he was not stupid, and his parents saw him as a smart, if unfocused, child. But our opinions no longer mattered. His experience in school had convinced him otherwise. He dropped out a few years later and I was saddened, but not surprised.
Your own son may not become a drop-out, but if he is like many boys, he may dislike school or not apply himself to the fullest and be perfectly willing to let the girls in his class achieve more highly. Statistics show that this leads to boys who are increasingly unprepared for a world in which high levels of education and social-emotional intelligence are required.
Without even knowing it, many of our sons are falling behind. This is something that is only going to become more frequent as schools bring in new curriculums like the Common Core Standards. A good question to ask yourself is: Does he put as much passion and effort into school as he puts into video games? If the answer is no, then you may need some other tools to help him get there.
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Dr. Edmond J. Dixon