(PRWEB) July 12, 2013
Everyone knows that boys are falling behind in education, but what are parents and educators supposed to do to help? Pam Withers and Cynthia Gill speak to the problem of disengaged boys in Jump-Starting Boys (Viva Editions). Compared to other developed countries, the United States ranks only 14th in reading, 25th in math, and 27th in science proficiency. Furthermore, the average parent spends just three and a half minutes per week engaged in meaningful conversations with their children. Clearly, there is a burgeoning crisis in the nation's education that desperately needs addressing.
In all the discussion about how to address the growing gap between boys and girls, the parents of boys are largely left out, whereas Withers and Gill speak directly to every parent, teacher, and librarian interested in helping boys get excited about learning. Jump-Starting Boys: Help Your Reluctant Learner Find Success in School and Life is the first book on the market that empowers parents, helping them reclaim the duties and rewards of raising their children and navigate the influences of school and media. Filled with reassurance and support, the authors turn fear and guilt into can-do confidence. Through easy tips and action list sidebars, this is the most practical, readable book on the topic.
What people are saying about Jump-Starting Boys:
"An excellent contribution to the existing body of literature, full of practical tips on how parents can help their sons achieve their best academically."
—Library Journal (starred review)
Why is your smart, perceptive son suddenly struggling at school? Are daily arguments about homework turning your home into a battle zone? It is no secret boys are falling behind in education, with fewer young men graduating from high school and enrolling in college every year. Filled with reassurance and support, Jump-Starting Boys has heart-warming true stories, take-action checklists and over 200 helpful tips. Educators and mothers themselves, authors Pam Withers and Cynthia Gill, MA, LMFT, turn fear and guilt into can-do confidence through easy techniques and achievable solutions. Finally—a book that truly targets concerned parents and helps you work with your son to make sure he beats the odds and becomes a lifelong learner!
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Pam Withers is the best-selling, award-nominated author of more than a dozen adventure novels particularly popular with teen boys. They include Peak Survival, Skater Stuntboys and Vertical Limit. She lives in Vancouver.
During her 30-year career as a high school teacher, Cynthia Gill worked on innovative curricula development and served as an academic dean while winning acclaim for her work in the classroom. Gill has taught as an adjunct faculty member at Globe University and enjoys public speaking, particularly on parent education. She has led numerous groups of students on educational and service trips to Russia, Germany and Latin America. A former homeschooling mom, she also served as a consultant to homeschooling families with an accrediting organization. She lives in Minneapolis.