Thursday, May 31, 2007

Boys Allowed to be Boys Again?

I expect I'll be running out to pick this book up for GD4 sometime in the next few months:

"The Dangerous Book for Boys" is all about Swiss Army knives, compasses, tying knots and starting fires with a magnifying glass. It includes adventure stories with male heroes, vivid descriptions of battles and a history of artillery. Readers learn how to make their own magnets, periscopes and bows and arrows. It gives rules and tactics for poker and marbles - and secret moves for coin tricks.

In a radical departure from modern schoolroom readings, the book has almost nothing to say about feelings, relationships or how boys can learn to cry. It valorizes risk, adventure and manliness.

Could it be that the now long standing tradition of treating boys as something flawed and in need of repair is over?

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