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How to get your boy reading


A recent study has shown what every teacher and parent knew: most boys read less enthusiastically and thoroughly than girls. Sue Palmer, in her book 21st Century Boys attributes this to brain development. Testosterone accelerates right brain growth and makes boys more interested in overview, movement and space for longer. The effects have now been confirmed in two big studies led by Keith Topping, professor of education and social research at the University of Dundee.

So what can we do to stimulate the left brains of squirmy boys and get them reading with as much commitment as their sisters? …]

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Susan Elkin Susan Elkin is an education journalist, author and former secondary teacher of English. She was Education and Training Editor at The Stage from 2005 - 2016
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