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CAST Book Review: Of Boys & Men


After we opened CAST Tech in 2017, we began to examine and re-examine ways we might more effectively recruit young women to our tech and entrepreneurship focused high school, where we typically enrolled 60-65 percent boys compared to girls. But an unexpected bonus was we began to notice that our boys were demonstrating strong success in ways that were unusual, and that our emphasis on teamwork, networking, presentations and hands-on learning accorded with research that has shown these settings have demonstrated more success with boys.


Of Boys & Men helped put me put a framework around many of my observations about the crisis for boys in education and men in the economy, and in addition to recommending school settings much like CAST, author Richard Reeves offered a host of pragmatic policy recommendations including ways to encourage men in healing professions such as health care and education, much as we encourage girls in STEM. If you have a son, or know men who feel isolated from family or the workplace, this book offers thoughtful explanations as well as possible cures.


Jeanne Russell

Executive Director | CAST Schools


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