Soar

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In schools all across the US, boys are twice as likely to be held back and five times as likely to be expelled compared to girls. Soar PDF EBook Boys have 70 to 80 percent of behavioral problems and consistently score lower on tests than girls. This reality is even more pronounced in African- PDFAmerican and Hispanic communities, and schools in bad neighborhoods. Just over 50% percent of black and hispanic students graduate high school, and more than 30% of those high school dropouts serve time behind bars. How can we expect great things in our country’s future when half of our population is misunderstood by their teachers, dropping out of high school, and being coerced into gangs and illegal activity?

David Banks has solved this problem, at least for the boys who attend his all-boys schools known as the Eagle Academies. The first of the Eagle Academies for Young Men opened in New York City, and Banks writes his new book, Soar: How Boys Learn, Succeed, and Develop Character, to explain how these schools are so influential and successful. Eagle Academies specialize for boys with troubled home lives, in neighborhoods where many of the public schools are labeled “drop-out factories” by Dr. Robert Balfanz in the documentary Waiting for Superman. Banks articulates his message concisely: boys in our country are in need of a new method of education, or the future of our young men will continue to worsen. In general, he points to two main solutions in male education. First, schools must use boys’ energy and competitiveness to help them learn passionately, instead of constantly punishing all those who don’t just sit quietly in their seats throughout the day. Second, boys must have a community around them to guide them through their education, and to lead them away from troubles in their lives outside of school. Banks writes, “If it takes a village to raise a child, then our method is not just a guide to raising that child, but a system of mutual reinforcement for the hard-working villagers.” With regular-length school days, a community is built from houses the school assembles, in which students eat and participate in extra-curricular activities together. Especially for those in low-income areas, boys need adults to look out for their safety and make sure education is a priority in their lives, but Banks argues that “the Eagle Method is not specific to race or socioeconomic status, it is a philosophy... to embrace and support young men of any background to achieve their promise and potential”. These principles have been proven through the schools and communities David Banks has created in many impoverished districts, and Soar displays his opinions clearly and precisely, constantly reminding the reader of his experience and expertise on this subject.

As if to complete the realistic approach to Bank’s approach to education, Eagle Academies are all public schools. He advocates that there is no testing in order to attend, but instead a test of consistent parental support during the process of admission. These parents and their support is pivotal to the success or failure of their son’s education, so after the school’s open house where a student and parent must show up to apply, “we will keep asking them to show up as a family for the sake of their son’s education, and in increasing ways”. Banks has found a way to morph the public school system to mold troubled boys into influential adults, dwarfing the success of alternatives such as charter schools and expensive private schools.

David Banks seems to have cracked the code. With Eagle Academies boasting more than 90% graduation rate with almost 100% of those graduates going on to college, these schools are exactly what the young men of the United States need to get back on track. For those trying to strategize ways to improve their son’s education, or for those invested in the direction of our country’s youth, Soar: How Boys Learn, Succeed, and Develop Character brightens one’s eyes to the struggles faced by disadvantaged boys, and proven tactics to improve boy’s education. ~ Student: David B. Like this book? Read online this: Concilium 2002/4 Religious Education of Boys and Girls, I racconti di Pietroburgo.

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