Educating Men



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President Howard at the Aspen Panel
President Howard at the Aspen Panel
President Howard at the Aspen Panel
President Howard at the Aspen Panel
Michael Kimmel at the Aspen Panel
First Responder Students
Students building for the needy
Students in the school's lunch room
Active Duty Military Students
Student Bonding with a child outside
Student reading with children
A professor helping a student learn how to paint
A professor working with a student on their written work

What Works? Do we have a “boy problem”? Academically, socially, emotionally, and economically, boys and young men seem to be losing ground. Just ask the increasing number of parents who are finding their young-adult sons back at home with few prospects and fewer coping skills. But is this assessment fair—or accurate? What’s causing the problem and how can we turn it around? Who is getting it right? Separate fact from fiction and gain insight into how best to nurture boys into thoughtful, capable, and responsible men (here’s a hint: Men play a key role!).

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“An All-Male School Must Be About Masculinities”


“Men Are As Different From One Another As They Are From Women”


“To Learn Young Men Must Be Engaged”


“Young Men Respond Positively In Situations Of Meaningful Responsibility”


“Some Young Men Move Laterally, Not Vertically; They Don't Always Have A Plan”


The Aspen Idea

“The challenges today’s boys and young men face were also a focus, with Hampden-Sydney College President Christopher B. Howard leading a conversation on raising boys in an era when women often outnumber—and often out-achieve—men on college campuses, and increasingly, in the recession damaged workforce.”

The Apsen Idea (pg. 53–54)