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Crazy stuff from a 4th grade teacher

I stumbled into a conversation with a 4th grade teacher (I’m still not convinced she actually was one…I hope she was lying) who told me that boys and men need to be left alone at school and college so that they’d learn independence. She said girls were easier to teach and therefore should receive more teaching.

I respond to this idea in this week’s True Community. Please read and share.

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Accepting success and admitting failure

The most difficult question a student ever asked me is the topic of this week’s True Community, my weekly column about men and education.

The article deals with questions virtually any middle class father and husband will face. How can we improve ourselves and our capacity to provide and father when self-improvement requires sacrifices of time and money, the two things we need to be effective fathers and providers?

Please read and share. Cheers.

 

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If you’re so clever, why aren’t you happy?

In this week’s True Community (published this past Wednesday), I comment on America’s profit-at-all-costs mentality and how it affects young men who decide to pursue higher education. Personally, I often feel guilty that I’m unable to earn more money or provide more for my wife and family. I know that sort of guilt is learned, and it both informs and shapes the points of view of men seeking employment. The effects are negative, often to the point of damning the guys to failure before they even start learning anything.

Hope you’ll check it out. And please do share.

(Chicagoans will know the photo is of The Billy Goat tavern. It’s one of my favorite places to write in the evenings.)

 

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Americans fear creativity

I was taken by the story of Paris Gray, a high school student in Georgia disciplined for bombing her yearbook quote. She cleverly used chemical symbols from the periodic table to code the title of a hip-hop song by Juvenile. The song is vile and disgusting, but I think that’s beside the point. This girl beat the censors with a code that obviously embarrassed the school. I comment on it in this week’s True Community.

Check it out. And please do share.

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Alone at graduation

This week’s True Community, my weekly column about men and higher education, is about the students with whom I identify most strongly: they come to graduation alone, and they make it through college with barely any support from an elder.

Graduation is usually pitched as a family celebration. For some, it’s a celebration of nerve and resolve, but still an experience of isolation.

I hope you’ll check it out. And do share.

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White privilege and unintended ironies

This week’s True Community is a response to the culture that makes an article like Tal Fortgang’s possible. If you haven’t heard, a young Princeton student had an article picked up by Time Magazine. In it, he refuses to apologize for his white privilege, stumbling backwards through unintended and deeply unfortunate ironies. They reveal a lot about how elites perceive themselves.

I take a look at this problem from the perspective of a community college teacher who only teaches the underclasses. And I find many similarities between the Princeton kid and the community college kid.

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Advice for parents of college students

This week’s installment of True Community, my column about men and education, doesn’t really offer any advice, so I’ll do it here. Parents, don’t call your children’s professors to offer excuses or discuss what can be done about grades. It will most often backfire.

I hope you’ll read about the phone call I got from a mom last week. The article’s titled My Son Got Arrested But It’s Not His Fault.

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