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LTL Ep. 4: The Boy Crisis in Our Schools (ft. Shawn Hardnett)

Boys are struggling in America’s schools. Girls are becoming more and more successful while their brothers fall further and further behind. They live in the same houses, attend the same schools and learn from the same teachers and curricula, but their outcomes are vastly different.

Shawn Hardnett is a lifelong educator who has long been interested in the problems facing young men. He will not stay quiet,despite his controversial position, and took the drastic action of fighting to open an all-boys’ charter school to serve middle school aged boys in the two poorest wards of Washington, DC. And he succeeded. He is now the founder and CEO of Statesmen College Preparatory Academy.

Over the course of our conversation, he explains why we must use the word “crisis” to describe what’s happening with our nation’s boys, and he describes the catastrophic consequences that the special education label has had on black boys and pushes back hard on the “toxic masculinity” narrative.

What Do You Think?
Erika Sanzi
Erika Sanzi is a former educator and elected school committee member and the chief editor of this site, Project Forever Free. She is also a senior visiting fellow at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. She blogs at Good School Hunting and occasionally writes for other outlets including Scary Mommy, The 74, and The Hill. She is the mother of three school aged sons who currently attend a district school, a charter school, and a private school—in 3 different zip codes! Rhode Island is home.


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