1. 30% of boys don’t live with their biological fathers. Can public education ameliorate the negative effects of this statistic?
2. Does hiring graduation coaches seem like a good use of taxpayer money, or can their role be met by others in the school system? What do you think of this concept?
1. There were several disturbing statistics discussed in this chapter. What did you find disturbing and why?
2. Imagine this scenario: after years of institutionalized racism (as opposed to sexism), African American men and women begin to outperform white men and women in every academic area regardless of socioeconomic rank. Would college admissions officers wring their hands about there being too many black people at the school? Doesn’t it seem that girls are being punished, in effect, for their own achievement?
1. How do you think the general public would react to the extensive inquiry into educating boys that the author recommends?
2. What do you think about the author’s recommendations to parents?