New book says education must take into account how boys learn

August 19, 2013

Canada’s current approach to education doesn’t account for the fact that boys and girls learn differently, according to Edmund Dixon, the author of a new book called Helping Boys Learn. Dixon, who has 30 years of experience as a teacher, parent and researcher, says one of the reasons that boys tend not to do as well as girls in a classroom setting is that they aren’t connected with what is being taught. In his new book, Dixon offers 6 elements that must be incorporated into learning, which are “crucial to helping boys learn – both in the classroom and at home:” movement, games, humour, challenge, mastery and meaning. According to CBC, school-aged boys are diagnosed with ADHD twice as often as girls, and are much more likely to drop out of high school. CBC