Tuesday, January 5, 2010

PBS - Raising Cain: Boys in Focus

My friend Karen turned me on to this great show from PBS on the state of education for boys in our culture - in the areas of emotions, cognition, physicality. She is a substitute teacher, so this hit home for her.

As a kid who was "violent," "disruptive," and "aggressive," this hit home for me. I was always in trouble for being a boy in school (where girls are much more appreciated). We need to seriously rethink how we treat our children, especially boys.
Raising Cain: Boys in Focus

America's boys are in trouble. They are the most violent in the industrialized world. Many are unable to express their emotions. On average, boys are doing worse in the classroom than they were 10 years ago.

Who is responsible for this situation? How do we learn to listen to and support our boys? How can we guide them on the path to becoming responsible, caring men?

The documentary, Raising Cain: Boys in Focus, provides answers, insights, ideas, and hope. Hosted by child psychologist Michael Thompson, Ph.D., co-author of the best-selling book Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Lives of Boys, this documentary explores the emotional development of boys in America today. Thompson consults with some of our nation's most respected psychologists, social activists, researchers and educators to probe the issues facing boys and find solutions to their dilemmas.

This two-hour documentary provides surprising new research about boys' inner lives, dispelling a number of commonly held misconceptions, and highlights innovative programs that are bringing out the best in boys. The PBS Parents Guide to Understanding and Raising Boys offers insights and advice from Thompson and other experts on raising boys in America today.

Raising Cain is a production of Powderhouse and Michael Thompson, Ph.D., in association with Oregon Public Broadcasting.


Anonymous said...

Hey I was just wondering if you had any ideas of the boys' names in the documentary Raising Cain?

WH said...

sorry, I don't