Boys Should Be Boys, A Headmaster's Reflections
After forty-two years in independent education and thirty of those years as a Headmaster, Brian R. Walsh shares his reflections on how boys learn and relate to their world.
Praise for Boys Should Be Boys
"As the mother of two sons who benefited from Brian Walsh's wisdom, I am delighted that he is finally sharing his insights with a wider
audience. Every page of Boys Should Be Boys reflects Brian's understanding of the special nature of boys from early childhood
through adolescence. With clarity and great sensitivity, he tells stories that can help parents and educators alike nurture the
best of boys and help them reach their full potential."
Sally Bedell Smith, author of For Love of Politics: Bill and Hillary Clinton: The White House Years
"This book is not only an essential operating manual for educators; it is a highly entertaining and valuable guide for all parents of boys."
"In an unstuffy clear fluid prose, laced with many anecdotes, Brian Walsh provides real insight into the educating of boys
and their unique and very different ways of learning."
John F. Lehman Jr., former Secretary of the United States Navy and member of the 9/11 Commission.
Author of Command of the Seas
From the Introduction of Boys Should Be Boys
“Boys not only learn differently than girls of the same age, they make friends differently, have entirely different issues of self-esteem and motivation, react to their parents and teachers differently, and, in fact, process just about everything differently. In addition, their responses to competition and physical contact are in marked contrast to those of girls, almost to the point of an opposite hierarchy of values.
What is particularly frustrating to boys during the formative years of elementary school is that they are almost universally under the guidance and care of women - mothers and teachers - who innately gauge boys’ behavior, learning and interpersonal relationships on the model of girls, simply because they were girls and can relate to girls most naturally.
These are the conclusions of a headmaster from thirty years of running two independent kindergarten-ninth grade schools, one coeducational and the other all boys. Most of the natural differences, however, became especially obvious after only a few months of directing the boy’s school, for there was a pronounced difference in their attitudes about themselves and in their social challenges. In Boys Should Be Boys these observations are presented through anecdotes of actual school situations and, more significantly, through the voices and actions of the boys themselves.”
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