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Dec19

Who is a Patriot? Psychological Recolonization and the Proliferation of U.S Nationalism

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Race, Gender & Class

In this paper, the authors ask: Can the ideals of patriotism be reclaimed in order to counteract prevailing forces of nationlism that threaten to damage America's standing within the international community? The authors outline avenues for social change and for redefining what constitutes an "American patriot".

Dec19

Stopping the Scourge of Violence Inflicted on Black Men

Written by // Khary Lazarre-White Categories // Member Blogs

thegrio.com

The work of guiding boys to define what it means to be men, leaders, and brothers, and to be comfortable in different forms of manhood is difficult and takes years. We must help these young boys to remove hardened layers from their psyches, protective scars of what they have been told they should be, to chip away like stone masons - not to create men, but help them reveal the manhood that lives within themselves.

Dec19

The Troubled Life of Boys: The Outsiders

Written by // Adrian Nicole LeBlanc Categories // Member Blogs

The New York Times

Author Adrian Nicole LeBlanc profiles the lives of adolescent boys as they struggle with the impacts of the damaging norms of masculinity in their high school and the ways in which they navigate their hierarchical social reality.

Dec19

DE-CRUIT: Reintegrating Our Veterans Through the Performing Arts

Written by // Stephan Wolfert Categories // Member Blogs

White Paper

DE-CRUIT is a national, multi-organizational effort to reintegrate our Veterans into their communities. DE-CRUIT will unite communities by education civilians and family members, while retraining our Veterans for life after military service.

Dec19

How Listening to Students Can Help Schools Improve: Implications for School Reformers and Practitioners

Written by // Pedro Noguera Categories // Member Blogs

Theory into Practice (Beverly E. Cross, Ed.)

Findings from a study of 150 tenth grade students attending ten Boston public high schools are presented. Data obtained from surveys and interviews with the students in the study are used to illuminate how student perspectives on their school experiences can be used to strengthen reform efforts. Themes such as teacher - student relationships, the impact of high stakes testing, concerns about discipline and safety, and student goals and motivation are explored.

Dec19

The Bridge Back to Blackness: Chris Johnson and the Art of Social Engagement

Written by // Lisa Arrastia Categories // Member Blogs

Exposure, the journal for the Society of Photographic Education

Today, a nationally celebrated video installation about black masculinity, Question Bridge: Black Males (QB:BM), stands as the evolutionary result of photographer Chris Johnson's mediated bridge across which (seemingly) socially disparate individuals collectively query blackness, yet never meet. The art project has collected 1,600 questions and responses from more than 160 African-American men in eleven cities throughout the U.S.

Dec16

Shame, Guilt and Violence

Written by // James Gilligan Categories // Member Blogs

Social Research

Gilligan reports on his 35 years of studying the psychological and social causes of violent behavior. He concludes that the psychology of shame, pride, guilt, and innocence can be used to understand both the causes and preventions of violence.

Dec16

Women Want No-Commitment Sex, too

Written by // Amber Madison Categories // Member Blogs

Huffington Post Live

HuffPost Live discusses with a panel of authors, researchers, and professionals the growing trend of women choosing hookups over more committed relationships because they perceive them as too demanding and potentially distracting from their goals.

Dec16

Be That Guy PSA

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Youtube

A public service announcement from the human rights organization "Breakthrough"" encouraging men to act to prevent violence against women in any form perpetrated by other men."

Dec13

Do Societal Expectations Ruin Male Friendships?

Written by // Niobe Way Categories // Member Blogs

Huffington Post

Studies show that heterosexual men have trouble keeping friends. As teenagers, boys report extreme closeness with pals, but as they age that ends. Are society's expectations for masculinity holding men back from establishing close friendships?

Dec13

Why Are Boys So Violent?

Written by // Niobe Way Categories // Member Blogs

Huffington Post

The deep secrets of boys and men, according to the research, is that they have the same desire for connection and close friendships as girls and women and that many of our cultural norms of masculinity are hurting rather than helping boys find what they need and want. Until we expose these secrets and act on what boys are telling us by fostering their genuinely close relationships and changing our definitions of manhood to include their own humanity as well as the humanity of others, we will continue to face the tragic consequences.

Dec13

Immigration: We Need That Other Story of Britain

Written by // John Jackson Categories // Member Blogs

Huffington Post

We are in great need of the other story of Britain. The one where millions of us get on with our lives and get on with each other. That everyday local experience provides the building blocks of our national experience. It should no longer remain invisible. The story of new neighbors who have become true friends has never been told, now is the time to start telling it.

Dec13

Yes, You Want a Relationship and That's Ok.

Written by // Amber Madison Categories // Member Blogs

Metro New York

We've come to approach "relationships" like they're four-letter words — we're so quick to tell people we don't want one. Complete independence seems to be our ultimate goal because, you know, who wants to be the loser that's actually looking for a relationship? If it happens "organically" (whatever that means) it's fine. But whether you're a guy or girl, actually seeking one out is entirely uncool.

It's funny we act this way, because this anti-relationship stance runs completely counter to our biology and everything we know about what makes us happy. Humans are deeply connected and interrelational beings. Darwin believed that our social nature is what allows us to thrive as a species. Study after study show that people are not only happier, but physically healthier and live longer if they're in relationships. Your risk of everything from depression to cancer to getting the flu is decreased significantly when there is a significant other in your life.

Dec13

From the Director's Desk: Schools of Possibility

Written by // Michael Reichert Categories // Member Blogs

csbgl.org

The Center for the Study of Boys' and Girls' Lives grew directly out of work in schools. School leaders who wanted their schools to become more responsive to students approached us to help them generate new insights and ideas. And while The Center's ambitions have always been large – "to promote the widest sense of possibility and greatest hope for integrity in students' lives" – we have also had this practical pressure. In the intense competition for their time and attention, schools do not commit to such a demanding endeavor as this lightly. Member schools participate in our research collaborative with the expectation that the work with us will truly produce results.

In my visits to schools, I have been most impressed by the dedication and deep caring that typically exist in relationships across the board: teachers who give their lives to the school, administrators who keep striving for improvement, students and families who see the school as a means to fulfill their dreams. Great care, skillful instruction, and a profound commitment of resources enable these schools to graduate boys and girls with distinctive levels of confidence and poise. The day-to-day, year-after-year way schools demonstrate what love, dedication and professional commitment can do is inspiring.

Before coming to the first of the Center's founding schools, I worked in neighborhoods and schools in some of the most under-resourced, violence-afflicted and trauma-filled parts of Philadelphia and surrounding towns, helping schools and developing a youth violence neighborhood intervention. Despite the challenges facing them, there were always teachers and leaders in these communities with exceptional talent and an abiding commitment to children's lives. Still, their efforts as well as our own often seemed merely a drop in the bucket. Over ten years in these communities I witnessed many dear young people, in whom great love and hope had been invested, take bad and sometimes deadly turns. These heart-breaking disappointments left me wondering if we could ever do enough, make children's needs a sufficiently high priority, that such outcomes could be prevented.

As I transitioned to the independent school world, I was first struck by the disparity in resources between these historic institutions and those I had just left. But as I saw the level of commitment, passion and sheer effort common in these schools, I understood that these were schools striving to set a model, to get things truly right for boys and girls. I understood the broader need for such examples if our ambition is that children's lives be uplifted, not dampened, by their experiences. We need models and laboratories where children's real lives are recognized and their needs are prioritized. As Teilhard de Chardin wrote, "The future belongs to those who give the next generation reason for hope."

Dec13

Gloria Steinem: The Kindle Singles Interview

Written by // Salamishah Tillet Categories // Member Blogs

Amazon.com

In this new Amazon Kindle series, Steinem, the 79-year-old feminist activist and author, is interviewed by Salamishah Tillet, reflecting on her personal life growing up on Toledo, Ohio and her political awakening during the most radical decades of the twentieth-century.

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