Author To Discuss How Schools and Culture are Unfriendly to Boys-Raising Cain Author Michael Thompson, Ph.D. to Chat at Teachers.Net
(PRWEB) January 27, 2000
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 25, 2000
SAN DIEGO,CA — Michael Thompson, Ph.D., coauthor with Dan Kindlon Of
Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys (Ballantine Books,
1999) will chat online at the Teachers.Net web site on February 23,
2000. The chat session is open to all without pre-registration at
http://teachers.net/conference for one hour beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET.
Raising Cain examines the troubled inner world of boys in contemporary
society, exploring how our culture socializes and miseducates boys to
disregard their emotional lives. The authors explore the struggle of
young boys in early education as they try to meet the developmental and
academic expectations of a curriculum that emphasizes cognitive skills
which normally develop more slowly in boys than in girls. They assert
that grade schools often seem rigged against the higher activity level
and lower level of impulse control that is normal for boys.
Also examined is the trend toward medicating boys for attention deficits
(ADD and ADHD), and the tendency for our culture to distort the most
impressive qualities of boys–physical energy, boldness, curiosity, and
action orientation–into a punishing, dangerous definition of
Thompson is a preeminent child psychologist who lectures widely on
topics pertaining to the development of boys and also conducts
problem-solving workshops with parents, teachers, and students around
the country. A highly sought after consultant to schools, Thompson is
currently the staff psychologist of an all-boys independent school in
the Boston area. The coauthor with Edward Hallowell, M.D., of Finding
the Heart of the Child, Dr. Thompson has worked for more than fifteen
years as a child and family therapist.
Thompson joins a line-up of experts from the field of education who have
appeared online with Teachers.Net including Dr. Howard Gardner, known
world wide for his Multiple Intelligences theory. Teachers.Net hosts
live guests and peer-moderated discussions on topics of interest to its
international audience of educators on most week nights. All transcripts
are archived at http://teachers.net/archive.
For more information about this session and other Teachers.Net events
contact Kathleen Carpenter, Director of Professional Development by
email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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