Boys Are Different

Scott Ott brings us an out-of-this-world, alternate-reality, sci-fi tale of schools that separate boys and girls and teach them as if they were somehow DIFFERENT from each other! [** MIND BLOWN!**] Luckily enough, both Steve and Bill have been to this Strange New World and report that conditions there are surprisingly well-suited for information retention and processing.

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Brian Thomson
December 27, 2023 8:40 AM

It is an interesting approach, but one I think will not work as well as you might think. When I was a child, I had ADHD. There was no term for it back then. I had trouble limiting my mind to less than a dozen things I was thinking about at any given moment. This caused problems in my education, as you might imagine. At one point I was sitting in class, thinking of my favorite superhero, Superman, while another thought process was on the fact that my parents were planning to take us to see the Ice Capades. Both… Read more »

December 26, 2023 2:33 PM

I think a huge part of the problem we’re addressing here is simply the natural result of the breakdown in family households that has come with making divorce too damn easy. It’s pretty much impossible to be a good male role model, and step in between nonsense and your boy, when you have joint custody and only see your son(s) every other weekend. The situation also lends itself to a competition for the affection of the kid between Dad and his Ex, the kids mom. Which creates a dampening effect when it comes to Dad laying down the law and… Read more »

Nelson Guzman
December 26, 2023 7:34 AM

Hi Scott. Will you please make the WSJ article available to us on line? I do not really want to have to subscribe to the WJS for just one article as I’ll probably never read another WSJ.article again.
Thank you…Nelson Guzman

Reply to  Nelson Guzman
December 26, 2023 1:57 PM

Nelson Guzman, Scott can’t “make the WSJ article available to us online”. Not if it’s a if it’s a copyrighted article behind a paywall that you have to subscribe to in order to read it. He’d have to have written permission to reprint the article from the WSJ. Which is obviously not going to grant said permission. Without written permission, “making that article available to you” would be theft. It would be asking for a lawsuit. What on earth were you thinking, Nelson Guzman? You’re welcome. I hope you had a Merry Christmas and are headed for a Happy New… Read more »

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John Sullivan
December 25, 2023 8:47 AM

Like Steve, I was separated from everyday interaction with girls from the 7th grade on, then 4 years of Catholic boys high school followed by 3 years in the Navy. My high school has since gone co-ed. I am unable to decide if the presence of girls would have spurred me to work harder to impress them or would have been a distraction. I did notice in the military that the presence of a female instantly turned regular male camaraderie into rivalry, it’s just biology all trying to impress the one female. I have also noticed that guys who went… Read more »

Reply to  John Sullivan
December 26, 2023 2:59 PM

Opposite your experience I never went to a sex segregated school, and joined the Marine Corps where yes, there are still women and strangely enough they’re called Woman Marines or “WMs” for short. I have a sister and had a Mom most of my life and I think you’re right. I’m completely at ease interacting with female human beings, rarely tend to trip over myself due to their presence, and while I do not place every woman on some lofty pedestal I am generally aware of and accommodating to their female sensibilities too. Within reason. By which I mean I… Read more »

Keith Jackson
December 25, 2023 5:29 AM

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all! (Especially the girls). When Scott got to discussing Latino boys dropping out of school to work, It made me think about how many boys/men are now literally professional students, attending school well into their 20s, attempting to focus most of the day on their topics of study. Some do take time to exercise and “get out of their heads”, but many don’t. Some do socialize with the fairer sex, but it’s getting harder as inflation keeps them “unattractive mates” to women who seek security. Many live with their parents or multiple… Read more »

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Maryanne Sheryka
December 25, 2023 3:39 AM

A happy, joyful, and blessed Christmas to all!

Donald Lehoux
December 24, 2023 9:15 PM

We CAN and do agree on what a boy and a girl is the issue is that STUPID people don’t know.

Ron Swansons Alter Ego
December 24, 2023 7:26 PM

Boys – today we are going to have a lesson on trigonometry and physics: Follow me to the archery range!
That is only a little tongue-in-cheek. It is actually a great way to learn ballistic equations.

Reply to  Ron Swansons Alter Ego
December 26, 2023 2:10 PM

When/where I went to high school we actually had two weeks of archery and two weeks of trap and skeet shooting in the early autumn before hunting season started. The P.E. department had bows and arrows, or you could bring your own. Everyone had to bring their own shotgun and ammunition. As I recall, that was never a problem and there was never a kid who didn’t have one or who couldn’t borrow one from a buddy during his turn on the firing line. During this period of time the Hunter’s Safety Course was also provided free of charge to… Read more »

Ron Swansons Alter Ego
Reply to  ACTS (TM)
December 26, 2023 3:57 PM

As a freshman in HS, we still had a rifle team and a rifle range in a basement area. Nearly every male student had a rifle in their car as they were either hunting before or after school.
By senior year, the rifle team was gone and that area had been turned into the dance studio, complete with pockmarked walls.
It was called progress.

Reply to  Ron Swansons Alter Ego
December 26, 2023 5:22 PM

I think you have briefly summed up, in a very compact and accurate nutshell, what is wrong with the modern world. Turning a rifle range into a dance studio is … Exemplary of the failure in modern priorities.

Dindy Dee
December 24, 2023 5:25 PM

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! May each and every one of us be blessed with peace, goodwill, health and prosperity in 2024. We are gonna have a wild and crazy follow-up to the craziness of 2023, and having benefit of Bill’s, Scott’s and Steve’s commentary, as well as the commenters on the events of the day will help me keep it all sorted out.


George Walther
December 24, 2023 3:28 PM

Ditto on Acts (TM) comment. But on tooth brushing, my dentist from 45 or so years ago said as long as you brushed and flossed decently every 24 hours, you would (mostly) remove the biofilm formed on your teeth that would later transform into plaque or cause cavities. Brushing after breakfast vs. after dinner or before bed time, etc. did not really matter. He also said those people who seemed to have few tooth cavities [like me] could still have dental problems from gum disease and flossing was essential to minimize that. He scared me straight ever since, to be… Read more »