Male students are lagging behind their female peers in the classroom, are presenting challenges for classroom management and are enrolling in college at a slower rate than girls, Christina Hoff Sommers writes. Psychologist Michael Thompson says girls are held as the standard of behavior and boys "are treated like defective girls." To improve the performance of boys, Sommers, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, suggests maintaining or returning recess to the school day, encouraging boys to read and working with the male imagination.

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