It's no secret that boys often seem to come off the worse for their interactions with formal education. Boys have higher high-school drop-out rates, lower college admittance rates, and much higher rates of diagnosed learning disorders than girls do. With these statistics looming, an important question becomes: How can we help boys succeed in school?
It comes as no surprise that one of the most effective success tools for any student is more personalized support from their school, for many reasons. Below, we'll look at some of the results or personalized support on student achievement.
Personalized learning can help students with low performance. According to some research, students who start out with learning difficulties actually benefit the most from personalized support in their education. Why this may be the case is unclear, but it certainly speaks well for the benefits of personalized learning for boys, especially those who have had troubled academic records.
Personalized programs can accommodate for more than one kind of "success." Many students, especially boys, suffer from the factory approach taken by schools all over the country. A one-size-fits-all educational approach is not going to help a boy who is struggling to find his own sense of self in high school. A personalized program can also allow students to progress at a rate which is comfortable to them, which in turn, allows the student to feel more agency in their education. Allowing students to home in on their own specialties and strengths allows them to build confidence in themselves and their intelligence.
Personalized Support Beyond Academics
It's true that learning doesn't just happen in the classroom, but it's equally true that what happens outside the classroom can effect a student's ability to succeed. A strong support program, which includes personalized attention to issues students may face outside the classroom, can be essential to helping students succeed. Such a program offers guidance and support not only in academics, but in a variety of the issues that a young man may experience outside of school, addressing everything from family and home issues, to drug and alcohol abuse, such programs can help boys to overcome the obstacles they face in positive, constructive ways.
Where to Find These Programs
Unfortunately, it is often the case that many public schools are simply too crowded to allow teachers the time needed to offer personalized support to all of their students. In a classroom of more than thirty students, a single teacher is often hard-pressed to keep everyone focused on the lesson at hand, much less take care that each of their needs is being met on an individual level. In this way, a private boarding school can be a blessing to many boys. With smaller class sizes, teachers are able to attend to students' individual needs. And, in a home away from home, provided with individualized support, many boys are able to avoid the pitfalls they would face in a normal high-school setting.
In conclusion, a well-planned, personalized education may be one of the biggest aids we can offer boys in helping them overcome the pitfalls and difficulties of modern education. Private schools around the country are already doing this, and the effects cannot be denied. Not only do these programs help boys, they provide the most help to those who need it most.