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John Seely Brown

The web has just begun to have an impact on our lives. As fascinated as we are with it today, we’re still seeing it in its early forms… My belief is that not only will the web be as fundamental to society as electrification but that it will be subject to many of the same diffusion and absorption dynamics as that earlier medium.

Boys' Education

Daniel Pink: Drive - The surprising truth about what motivates us

Boys' achievement in secondary schools: Ofsted report 
Summary of Ofsed report 2003.  When boys enter secondary school they are already well behind girls in English, although they achieve marginally better than girls in mathematics.  Except in a small number of schools, this ‘gap’ in attainment does not close during the secondary years and boys continue to achieve less well than girls in KS3 tests and GCSE exams.  In 1996 Ofsted published a report entitled The Gender Divide which highlighted this gap.  This report follows up some of the issues raised and identifies approaches used to raise boys’ attainment.

Rock and Water Program
From the University of Newcastle, Australia. This program is based on the understanding that physical exercises are constantly linked with mental and social skills. The program leads from simple self defence, boundary and communication exercises to a strong notion of self-confidence. It offers a framework of exercises and ideas about students and manhood to assist boys to become aware of purpose and motivation in their life.

Success for boys: helping boys achieve (Aus) 
The Success for Boys Professional Learning Program is a project of the Australian Government Department of Education, Science and Training developed by Curriculum Corporation in conjunction with James Cook University. The project aims to assist teachers to address the significant issues of engagement and achievement for boys in the compulsory years of schooling.

Guys Read
A web-based literacy program for boys with the mission is to help boys become self-motivated, lifelong readers.  Recommendations from other males, lists will support your library reading program.

Boys into books (UK)
An initiative to build the reading habits of boys. The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), responsible for schools in England, commissioned the School Library Association to produce two booklists in the Riveting Reads series, to support the reading needs of boys in Key Stages 1, 2 and 3.

Boys' Learning (Aus)
Research group on men and families with Dr Peter West - contains various articles, research etc of relevance to families and teachers involved in boys' education.