Monday, January 30, 2006

Podcast on Boys, Education and Hybrid Cars

We are talking today to Michael Gurian, the author of, The Minds of Boys : Saving Our Sons From Falling Behind in School and Life. If you have a boy, are a boy or care about boys, take a listen and gain more information from this expert on the minds of boys. We also have Jim Miegs, the editor of Popular Mechanics, giving us the lowdown on hybrid cars--are they hype or happening? You can listen to the podcast by clicking here.

As always, any comments or suggestions are welcome.

Update: Here is more on hybrid cars at Popular Mechanics.


Blogger TangoMan said...

If you look at this data from the Univ. of Cal. system, you see that R^2 of HS GPA in explaining college performance has dropped from 0.17 to 0.12 between '96 and '99 while the SAT has remained fairly stable, moving from 0.138 to 0.133 in the same period.

I certainly think that this warrants further investigation and suspect that grading procedures are incorporating greater emphasis on non-content mastery aspects and these superflous points disproportionately benefit women.

Further, I'd ask how boys in school are competing with each other to establish their identities within the group now that schools are deemphasizing venues for competition, like honor roll, and placing greater emphasis on co-operative assignments and group grading.

10:20 PM, January 30, 2006  
Blogger TangoMan said...

Sorry for the back to back comments, but I'm wondering how much ideological fervor Mr. Gurian is seeing infusing curricula. I wrote about the Anti-Racist Math curricula in Newton last year, and towards the bottom of that post I was referencing the NCTM reforms in the early 90's where the reformers were stating that their goal was to close the "computational gate" that kept women and minorities on the outside. In light of this, does Mr. Gurian have any explanation for the sudden spike in the SD, especially for boys, of the NAEP-Math scores for 17 year olds from 1994-1999.

10:40 PM, January 30, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went to school in the late 90's in what is supposed to be one of the best school districts in the country Montgomery County Maryland. The big and overwhelming problem there was tracking. Kids would be assigned class levels early say around 1st grade and then be tracked in those levels till they graduated high school. This very much favored girls in my perspective as they matured faster and were less likely to have the behavior issues that would be noticed by teachers early on so they got tracked high early. In all of the honors classes I can remember taking white preppy girls were the overwhelming majority sometimes by a ratio of 25 to 3. I'm a male I was tracked very low early in elementary, but had a different kind of school career becuase of a learning disability that caused me to get tracked both at high and low levels in middle and high school so I saw both enviroments. It really was like seeing two worlds to see the high level classes and the lower level classes and the difference in attitude and culture amoung students and teachers. The same students I knew in the lower level classes in elementary were the ones I knew in high school.

11:00 PM, January 30, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just wanted to comment on the quality of the podcasts. It's very high. Dr Helen, you and Glenn seem so good at these interviews. Do you have any prior experience, maybe doing radio?

6:40 PM, January 31, 2006  
Blogger Helen said...

gil podcast,

Thanks so much--glad you liked them. Glenn did radio at Yale in law school and I have done tv and radio shows--as a guest for around 10 years now. Glenn loves to do music and audio and has done sound etc. since he was a teenager and had a band.

8:09 PM, January 31, 2006  
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