Adrift in The Atlantic

Hanna Rosin’s strikes a number of sobering and sometimes painful chords in “The End of Men” in the July/August edition of The Atlantic.

Of particular interest to those of us who work with boys and believe in the importance of a liberal arts education:

“The postindustrial economy is indifferent to men’s size and strength. The attributes that are most valuable today — social intelligence, open communication, the ability to sit still in focus — are, at a minimum, not predominantly male.”

“Three quarters of the 8 million jobs lost in the Great Recession were lost by men. The worst-hit industries were overwhelmingly male: construction, manufacturing, and high finance.”

Question: Given all of this, how can we do a better job of helping our boys improve their “social intelligence”? As a start perhaps, we should renew our efforts at getting all of our boys (not just our athletes) to work in teams, to participate in service programs, and to take part in co-ed programs (drama, music, Theory of Knowledge, Horizons, etc.)


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