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Lesson Plans

RE: Colorado

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MaryAnn Kohl (maryann)
Thu, 22 Apr 99 17:17:38 -0700

These quotes about "boys" should be of interest considering the Colorado situation. I may look into reading this book. I found this info on my Early Childhood list, and have permission to share it with you.
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Earlier this month Oprah had Dr. William Pollack on. He's written a book
about raising boys. Dr. Pollack talked a lot about how to talk to boys
and how to get them to open up. The name of the book is *Real Boys:
Rescuing Our Sons From the Myth of Boyhood*.

Trained from an early age by fathers, older brothers, other boys and society
to hide their sensitivity, Dr. Pollack believes that boys learn the only
appropriate emotion to express is anger… and that anger is often expressed in
explosive ways.

"Men and boys have feelings just like girls and women," says Dr. Pollack. The
problem, he says, is that boys are told to keep emotions of fear and sadness
to themselves. Those feelings build up inside until they emerge as behavior
problems at home and school, which boys are then punished for. It's a vicious
circle for boys, one that can end with episodes of extreme violence. "Boys
who can't cry tears," he said, "end up crying bullets."

MaryAnn F. Kohl (WA)