Harper Collins - $36.99
Review by guest reviewer Robyn Southam.
Michael explores what NZ boys are good at - what they have issues with and where they underachieve. He maintains that it is the education environment for boys that needs fixing, rather than boys themselves.
He thinks we short change our kiwi boys with classrooms that are overburdened with semantics and language, and leave too many of our boys to struggle alone.
Irwin talks of the need to keep boys engaged in our classrooms, to challenge and stimulate through all 5 senses and to expect the best of them.
He says "Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and help them to become what they are capable of being".
The book is full of ideas and strategies to ensure boys succeed, Michael is urging everyone involved with boys in our schools to look closely and carefully at all areas of their learning and make changes.