Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Boys Will Be Boys

** This review was originally published on another blog (now hidden) on October 28, 2006.

Why Gender Matters: What Parents and Teachers Need to Know about the Emerging Science of Sex Differences

Everyone should read this book. I was fascinated by the research Dr. Sax presents about the differences between boys and girls, and how their senses and brains develop differently. As always, I don't agree with everything in the book, but it's nice to have evidence of something I've always suspected - that boys and girls are different and need to be treated differently in some situations. Dr. Sax also provides exceptional end notes with additional information and websites in addition to references to studies in journals like Journal of Genetic Psychology, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Child Development, and Nature. He also quotes from Hardwired to Connect, a book sponsored by Dartmouth Medical School (among others).

And, as have a number of other books I've read recently, this one tempts me with more reasons to homeschool, at least for a while.

My sleep deprivation (despite being better than expected at First Daughter's age [she was just a month old when I wrote this.]) prevents me from giving a more glowing review. Hopefully you'll believe me enough to give it a try and then will be tempted to continue by Dr. Sax's own evidence.

p.s. Tip #1: Girls hear better than boys, so a dad might not think he's yelling, but his daughter might hear him that way. And boys who seem to be distracted at school may need to sit closer to hear a soft-spoken teacher.


  1. Very interesting! Okay, first I'm curious - why is the blog private that this was originally on? (just being nosey :)
    Although I have all girls, I have to agree from my teaching experience that yes, there are vast differences. I can totally relate with you considering home schooling. I strongly considered it, and still feel it would be the best possible thing, but think that it would also drive me nuts. My youngest (now 7) has a lot of ADD tendencies, and I'm just taking school a year at a time with her. Also, I love that you're beginning reading lessons with your oldest little guy! My oldest began reading at 4 and it has been a total love affair every since :) You sound like such a good mom!

  2. I used to have blogs that used our real names and just closed them off about a year ago. It seemed easier to start afresh than to try to go back and change our names all the way through.

    It's easy to seem like a good mom when I can choose what to share. ;-)

    I hope my son grows to love reading. He certainly seems on the way and I'm just trying not to mess it up!


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