Books Create Connecting Muscle In Boys
Leaders are simply kids who grew up in connecting homes. And Harry Truman once said, “Leaders are readers!” Reading is good and helps to build children into thinkers who will connect to those in their community. That’s not great news for our boys.
Since 1992 boys have continued to decline in both reading tests and their interest in education overall. Boys tend to score 10 to 20 points lower on standardized tests in reading and writing. This drop in performance is NOT a simple difference between boys and girls. Girls are kicking boys hineys in math these days? This used to be the once-uncontested stronghold of the male brain. This new trend is not a recent dramatic evolution in the female brain.
The greatest disparity in educational achievement between boys and girls can be traced back to 1992. What happened about then? The 1980’s is when the gaming world burst through all the technology barriers with the advent of the first gaming system—Nintendo. And computers that were created with gaming in mind— the Commodore 64, Macintosh and PC compatibles—began to master the minds of boys. By the 1990’s a boy would spend on average 35 hours per week in front of a screen. Who’s he connecting with on that screen?
Action point: Evaluate your son’s screen time versus his connecting time. Establish some reasonable boundaries for screen time after you first give him time for connecting with God, mom, dad, siblings and friends!
Dannah Gresh is the best-selling author of Six Ways To Keep The Little In Your Girl and Six Ways To Keep The Good In Your Boy (Harvest House). Both books provide practical advice on how to become a connecting mom in an effort guide your children from their tweens to their teens with a value system that reflects God.