Institute is sponsoring a three day event with Dr. Leonard Sax,
Ph.D., a physician, psychologist and researcher. Dr. Sax is author
of numerous entries in scientific journals and three books: Why
Gender Matters; Boys Adrift; and presently published
Girls On The Edge.
sessions will address different facets of what we are seeing as
troubling development patterns among our youth. He will explore
the "social, cultural, and biological determinants that are
creating an environment which is literally toxic to boys, and
discuss the five factors that are driving their deepening disengagement."
Dr. Sax has lectured broadly across the United States and Canada,
and has appeared on CBC's The Current (broadcast nationwide in
Canada, has been interviewed on the Today show, on PBS and scores
of other media outlets
All three of these events
are all for teachers, parents and those who care about our youth.
Friday, April 16, at
and Girls on the Edge:
A look at some reasons why a growing proportion of boys
and why more and more girls are anxious and obsessed.
Emily seems to be doing great: she’s working
hard to get good grades in school, she’s active in various
extra-curricular activities, and she has a wide circle of friends. Her
brother Justin, on the other hand, is a goofball who’s more
concerned about getting to the next level in his video game than
he is about studying for his Spanish exam. But Emily isn’t
happy. She’s waking up in the middle of the night, obsessing
about the second piece of pizza she ate for supper. She thinks
she’s fat, even though she’s not. And she’s
frantic about the anonymous nasty comment that somebody posted
on her Facebook wall. Now her parents have discovered that Emily
is cutting herself with a razor blades, on her upper inner thigh
where she didn’t think anybody would see. What’s going
Her brother Justin, on the other hand, is one happy dude.
He can eat two pizzas without a qualm. He sleeps in late,
no problem. He seems perfectly content, sitting in his bedroom,
playing his video games with two other guys who are just like
him. He’s not motivated to succeed in the real world
outside his bedroom, but that doesn’t seem to bother him.
In this presentation, Dr. Sax will explore the growing gender
divide in the United States: girls who are anxious and obsessed,
boys who are disengaged and unmotivated. He will present
some of the factors driving these phenomena, with an emphasis
on what parents can do to make a difference.
Regular Friday Institute Meeting: at Macalester College 6:30
Buffet, 7:30 -9:30 program. Please make reservation.
Saturday, April 17,
at Saint Andrews Lutheran Church
What teachers need to know about the emerging science
of sex differences.
In the United States today, many boys regard creative
writing, poetry, art, and Spanish language as “girls’
subjects.” Likewise, girls continue to be under-represented
in subjects such as computer science, physics, and engineering.
In this workshop, Dr. Sax explains how a lack of understanding
of gender differences has had the unintended consequence of reinforcing
gender stereotypes. Conversely, teachers who understand these
differences will be more successful in breaking down gender stereotypes
and broadening educational horizons for both girls and boys: engaging
more boys in creative writing and poetry, engaging more girls
in computer science and physics. In this workshop, Dr. Sax addresses
not only differences between girls and boys, but also variations
among girls and among boys. This full-day workshop is intended
for teachers in grades K – 12.
St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, 900 Stillwater Road,
Mahtomedi, Great Hall 8:00 registration (advance registration
on web preferred) $50 registration fee includes lunch and book.
There will be small group discussions and materials available.
Presentations throughout the day until 4:15, covering research
on Boys Adrift and Girls On The Edge.
Sunday, April 18, at
Saint Andrews Lutheran Church
The Maiden King:
Recent research on gender differences in spirituality:
What girls and boys REALLY need from their church or synagogue
Recent research on gender differences in religious
involvement has demonstrated startling gender differences.
Many teenage girls appear to have spiritual needs which are qualitatively
different from teenage boys. If congregational leaders don’t
understand these differences, the result is boys who think religion
is for girls, and girls who find their church or synagogue unwelcoming
and irrelevant. In this presentation, Dr. Sax shares new research
showing that the “youth groups” in many churches and
synagogues are doing precisely the wrong things. Girls and boys
don’t need their churches or synagogues to provide more
opportunities to have fun; but they do need their churches and
synagogues to meet their unique, gender-specific spiritual needs.