http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274870427180457540551170211229... Not with gross-out books or video games
Everyone agrees that if boys don't read well, it's because they don't read enough. But why don't they read? A considerable number of teachers and librarians believe that boys are simply bored by the "stuffy" literature they encounter in school. According to a revealing Associated Press story in July these experts insist that we must "meet them where they are"—that is, pander to boys' untutored tastes.
For elementary- and middle-school boys, that means "books that exploit [their] love of bodily functions and gross-out humor." AP reported that one school librarian treats her pupils to "grossology" parties. "Just get 'em reading," she counsels cheerily. "Worry about what they're reading later."emphasis mine
With titles like The Day My Butt Went Psycho, Sir Fartsalot Hunts the Booger, and SweetFarts, how on earth are boys going to grow up to be anything but slobbering knuckle-dragging barbarians?
Does anyone here think that we need to just get our boys reading and then sort out what they are reading later?
Dr. Robert Weis, a psychology professor at Denison University, confirmed ... in a randomized controlled trial ... the effect of video games on academic ability. Boys with video games at home, he found, spend more time playing them than reading, and their academic performance suffers substantially. Hard to believe, isn't it, but Science has spoken.
The secret to raising boys who read, I submit, is pretty simple—keep electronic media, especially video games and recreational Internet, under control (that is to say, almost completely absent). Then fill your shelves with good books.
What do you do to control electronic media in your home, and encourage your boys (and girls) not only to read, but to read books of redeeming value?