Is our primary and secondary school system designed to fulfil the needs of girls at the expense of boys, leaving a large part of the latter behind? More boys start school later than girls. More boys than girls leave the school system after finishing primary and secondary school, and more boys than girls find it difficult to concentrate, they misbehave in class, and they can’t keep up at school.
Each year, 100 boys at the age of 14-16 spend the first two weeks of their summer holidays at the Boys Academy. The boys come from very different backgrounds and from all parts of Denmark, and they have a thing in common; they are not doing well in school. They all come with the hope of getting back on track, thus increasing their opportunity to continue their education to achieve the life they want.
At the Boys Academy, I finally got the feeling that I could do good in school
Christian, who is one of the several hundred boys who has attended the Boys Academy.
Nearly all of them succeed. More than two years of learning gained during a period of two weeks is the average – and thought-provoking – result of the Boys Academy.
This book takes a deep dive into the unique world that sparks the boys’ desire to learn by giving them back the confidence in themselves that they have lost due to several years of repeated defeats and bad experiences.
The book opens up for a new and different way of looking at learning – from the first intense gathering at the intro camp to the joyous and energetic “graduation” with proud boys and their equally proud and happy parents.