Emma Brown Discusses TO RAISE A BOY
Washington Post investigative journalist Emma Brown will join us to share her new book: TO RAISE A BOY: Classrooms, Locker Rooms, Bedrooms, and the Hidden Struggles of American Boyhood. Phyllis Fagell will be in conversation with Emma, bringing her own perspective as a school counselor.
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We are living through a period of great struggle and change in American culture and that change is often uncomfortable. The #MeToo movement ignited a national dialogue around the everyday indignities and silent horrors many women and girls face. But what about the struggles that boys contend with? Where does gender fit in to our conversation around social progress? What is it really like to be a boy in America today?
Fueled by the question “How will I raise my son to be better?” Washington Post reporter Emma Brown spent two years speaking to hundreds of people including coaches, educators, researchers, parent, and boys themselves. The result is a stunning work of investigative journalism revealing that educators fail to meet the needs of young boys, parents are less likely to engage with their sons’ emotional lives than their daughters’, and, heartbreakingly, as many as one in six boys experiences sexual assault or abuse. TO RAISE A BOY delves deeply into the issues facing boys in America, setting forth a blueprint to start making substantive changes at home and in the world. This assiduously reported book will transform the way you think about parenting, schools, and what needs to happen as we collectively reimagine the future of our country.
From the reporter who brought Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s story to light, To Raise a Boy combines assiduous reporting, cutting-edge scientific research, and boys’ powerful testimonials to expose the crisis in young men’s emotional and physical health. Emma Brown connects the dots between educators, researchers, policy makers, and mental health professionals in this tour de force that upends everything we thought we knew about boys.
Emma Brown is a reporter on The Washington Post’s investigative team. She previously worked as a wilderness ranger and as a middle school math teacher before discovering journalism during an internship at High Country News, a magazine that covers the American West. She worked as an intern at the Center for Investigative Reporting and The Boston Globe before joining The Washington Post in 2009.
Phyllis Fagell has worked in both public and private schools with students in grades K-12. She currently works full time as the school counselor for Sheridan School in Washington, D.C. and provides therapy to children, teens and adults in private practice at the Chrysalis Group, Inc. Phyllis is the author of “Middle School Matters” and a journalist. She’s a frequent contributor to the Washington Post, focusing on counseling, parenting and education, writes the Career Confidential weekly advice column for PDK, Intl. for educators, and “The Meaningful Middle” column for AMLE (Association of Middle Level Educators).