I’ve been reading boys adrift by Leonard Sax, M.D., Ph.D.

Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of ...

I’m from Boston, Massachusetts. When you’re from there M.D., Ph.D. is like crack to a drug addict.  It gives you a speedy high.  It is also like nutritious food and steady exercise for the body.  It produces key information, superb results, and worthy of following.

I found Dr. Sax’s book Why Gender Matters sometime last year.  I was on a major binge of educational themed books.  These books I consider to be somewhat on the fray.  I got a major figurative smack in the face about visual therapy which kicked my ass into gear about the importance of the development of the visual system in children.  After that domino fell, it was an easy fall into other books with a fray type message that needed to be shared with educators. I realized that what teachers need to know about children and teaching is severely lacking.  It is lacking, for many reasons, but a biggie is standardized testing.

Teachers are now trained to, required to, and often have their jobs tied to standardized testing.  Fear is a terrific motivator…

Why Gender Matters informs the reader with data and experiential evidence (Dr. Sax has a clinical practice) that boys and girls brains develop differently; the rate, timing, and areas, to name a few.

boys adrift informs the reader of “five factors driving the growing epidemic of unmotivated boys and underachieving young men.”

One factor includes endocrine disruptors.  Phthalates being a big one.

Phthalates are easily found in water bottles. Water bottles often end up in water (is that like irony?)

Do you know what happens when you leave a plastic water bottle in hot temperatures or when you freeze a plastic water bottle to act as an ice pack for lunch?  It forces the release of chemicals and endocrine disruptors. Don’t do it. Choose glass instead.

Bottle, Glass, Water

Sax writes:

“Collecting fish near the Wilson Bridge, the scientists found that the females were normal, but the males weren’t.  When the scientists examined the male sex organs, they didn’t find sperm, they found eggs.”

“Similar stories of feminized or emasculated wildlife, including a diverse array of mammals as well as fish, have now been described in Idaho and Washington, in Central Florida, in the Great Lakes, in Alaska, in England, and even in Greenland.”

What you say? Male sex organs, of fish, that house sperm now reveal eggs.  A cause for pause and inquiry; are those waters and others adversely impacting our human males? Sax shares a great deal more.

Sax continues:

“Whereas environmental estrogens may strengthen bones in girls, they have a more complex effect on boys. We now know that environmental estrogens (particularly phthalates) appear to cause lower testosterone levels in young men.  Those lower testosterone levels will likely impair bone mineralization.  In other words, young men will have bones that are more brittle than the bones of young men a generation ago.  The disruptive effect on these chemicals on bone density has now been demonstrated in species as diverse as monkeys and alligators.  We can’t say for sure that these chemicals are to blame for declining bone density in boys.  But it’s a possibility that merits a closer look.”

Sax shares:

“Dr. Jane Fisher at the University of London, in consultation with Dr. Niels Skakkebaek and his colleagues in Denmark, has assembled a disturbing array of evidence indicating that boys today just aren’t growing up to be the men their fathers and grandfathers were.”

Read boys adrift for the sake of your son, nephew, student, or any young male you love.

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