Warning: This Post May Make You Angry.
In a blog post from a few days ago, I asked: Why do girls do better in school? I was reporting on a new study that concluded that girls got higher grades than boys because they have superior “non-cognitive skills,” such as attentiveness, task persistence, eagerness to learn, learning independence, flexibility and organization.
A reader who calls himself “Coach” has a different explanation:
I think the biggest problem is that single moms are raising boys. This is akin to a single dad getting his daughter through puberty. Every woman would understand her saying, “Dad, you just don’t understand.” And yet every woman would argue with a son who said the same thing to her. They say, “I’m your mother . . . you can tell me anything.” No, he can’t. He needs a man to guide him.
Sorry, but this is my observation after 25 years of coaching youth sports. It is a huge problem and this is the result. It crosses racial lines too. I can’t count the number of single mothers who approached me with the words, “He hasn’t got a male role model at home,” with them looking to me to fill that role.
Until the women of America stop treating their sons like daughters and then treating them like they are diseased with an affliction (ADD, ADHD, AD BS!) this problem will get worse. Boys learn through physical contact and real life scenarios. Women are not equipped to cope with them on their own.
Readers, what do you think? Is there any truth in what “Coach” has to say? If not, why do you think it that boys are not doing as well as girls in school?