Dr. Warren FarrellCommission's Report to Create a White House Council on Boys and Men

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On Saturday (April 26, 2015) Warren organized a group to Des Moines to personally invite Rand Paul, Bobby Jindal, Carly Fiorona; Scott Walker; Ted Cruz; Mike Huckabee, and Rick Santorum to a July event in Ames on "The Boy Crisis: Seeking Solutions from Fathers to a White House Council on Boys and Men." The Des Moines Register featured this picture of Warren inviting Rand Paul to listen to boys, parents, educators and experts--and then speak. Note: the candidates will listen before they speak! All the presidential candidates of both parties are invited. See White House Council on Boys and Men.




”State Assembly Committee Hearing on Status of Boys and Men of Color” by Antonio Ruiz, Voicewaves:



”The War on Boys: Sex, Media, and Violence”, by Lois M. Collins, Deseret News:

A self-formed commission of experts, academics and policymakers wants the president to create a White House Council on Boys and Men, similar to one that targets wellbeing of girls and women. It would identify areas where males struggle and offer solutions.It’s not just a good idea, says advocate Warren Farrell, author of “Why Men Are the Way They Are” and a dozen other bestsellers on family and societal dynamics. Boys need it. In a year of heavy and often contentious politicking, it’s also not a Republican or a Democrat issue, he says. It’s about America’s children — and they belong to all of us.The future is being shaped by what happens in this battle for boy wellbeing. Farrell is worried.




”The War on Boys: Young men losing ground in education, emotional health, and jobs”, by Lois M. Collins, Deseret News:

But boys are losing actual ground in the classroom. It’s not just girls catching up because herculean efforts to improve their education have worked. Boys are actively sliding down the mountain of educational achievement.“It is the first time in U.S. history that sons have less education than their fathers,” says Warren Farrell, author of “Why Men Are the Way They Are” and “Father-Child Reunion.” He was a driving force behind formation of the commission to push for the boy/men council. “Whenever you have children with less education, then you have children that are dropping out, children that are not getting jobs, children that can’t compete in the global economy.” It also leads to national security vulnerability, he says.







”We Honor U.S. Soldiers But Don’t Help Them Heal”, by Lois M. Collins, Deseret News:

When Warren Farrell, a best-selling author of 15 books, including "Why Men Are the Way They Are," got 34 experts together for the study on the challenges of men and boys in advance of asking the White House to create a council specifically to help them, veterans got their own section detailing serious issues.It notes that 60 percent of Vietnam veterans "were psychiatric casualties. In 1978, over 400,000 Vietnam veterans were in prison, on parole, on probation, or awaiting trial." The problem, it says, is that societies have long depended on men to be "disposable for the greater good" — to fight war and to take on the dangerous and extremely physical jobs deemed essential for a nation's progress.




“The Chilly World of the Campus Male”, by Warren Farrell, Ph.D., Minding the Campus:

“...“Gender” courses now study only liberal women’s view of women’s powerlessness, and liberal women’s perspective on male power. They don’t look at liberal or conservative men’s view of male powerlessness, or liberal or conservative men’s view of female power. Dissent is not tolerated and no administration will dare direct these closed courses to open up. It took twenty years for Boston College to do something about a rabidly anti-male professor who refused to allow males in her class...”






“The Need to Create a White House Council on Boys to Men”, by Rahim Kanani, Forbes.com:

“...Rahim Kanani: As the lead author and thinker behind a proposal to create a White House Council on Boys to Men, describe a little bit about the motivation behind this effort.

Warren Farrell: The study and proposal to create a White House Council on Boys to Men was originally inspired in 2009 by a call from White House Boards and Commissions Director, Joanna Martin. Since my background included years of serving on the Board of Directors of the National Organization for Women in NYC, she was inquiring of my interest to advise the already-formed White House Council on Women and Girls. I was delighted, but also suggested there was a need for a parallel council for boys and men. Since Martin handles commissions that are already created, she suggested I might do a proposal to that effect, and she’d help me direct it to the appropriate players at the White House...”



“Saving the ‘Lost Boys’ of Higher Education”, by Robert B. Smith, The Chronicle of Higher Education:

“...So why the inaction on the so-called lost boys? One effort seems to have stalled amid apparent lack of interest: a proposal to establish a White House Council on Boys to Men, spearheaded by the author Warren Farrell, who has published several books about gender relations and what he views as the myth of male social advantage.

The lack of progress may stem from our sense that males hold all the cards—an impression undiminished by the abundant research documenting their struggles, which affect boys and men regardless of race or socioeconomic status. Contemplated in the abstract, the image of hard-working women giving a bunch of masculine underachievers their comeuppance after eons of patriarchy might seem just. But the realities of the new gender gap are nothing to celebrate.

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Establishing a White House Council on Boys to Men could be a good first step toward translating some of the widespread concerns about lost boys into concrete action. The commission that put forth the now-stalled proposal has identified five "crisis level" factors: education, emotional health, physical health, father involvement, and work. By combining the perspectives and findings of various experts, a White House council could provide a multidisciplinary, integral approach to a difficult social issue...”




”White House Council on Boys to Men”, by Caroline May, The Daily Caller:

“...Two years ago President Obama created a committee by executive order to advise and focus exclusively on the needs and welfare of the American woman. Feminists cheered the creation of a White House Council on Women and Girls but others questioned, why – when women and girls are outperforming men by nearly every empirical measurement – create a council for women but not for men?Upon being approached to advise the Council by White House on Women and Girls by boards and commissions director Joanna Martin gender psychologist, Obama supporter, and former National Organization for Women – New York board member, Dr. Warren Farrell pointed out that the council left out a significant portion of the population: men. With Martin’s promise that she would help Farrell bring attention to a proposal for a council on men and boys, Farrell began a two year task of bringing together experts and composing a proposal...”



”Learning to Row From Both Sides of the Boat”, by Hugo Schwyzer, The Good Men Project:

Helping boys become healthy men is a woman’s issue too. That’s a key part of the message of the proposedWhite House Council on Boys to Men, an initiative currently currently under consideration by the Obama Administration.

Chaired by Warren Farrell, the author of the controversial The Myth of Male Power and many other books on men, women, and relationships, the Council includes 34 authors, practitioners, and educators from across the ideological spectrum. All share Farrell’s concern that “a nationwide crisis of boys and men already exists,” and that that crisis manifests itself in unemployment, fatherlessness, diminishing educational achievement, and poor physical and emotional health.





”Proposal for a White House Council on Boys to Men”, by Pelle Billing, PelleBilling.com:

The request of President Obama to create a White House Council on Boys to Men was originally inspired in 2009 by a discussion between Dr. Warren Farrell and White House Boards and Commissions Director Joanna Martin. Shortly after, Dr. Farrell created a multi-partisan Commission of 30 prominent authors, educators, researchers and practitioners to accomplish three goals: investigate the status of boys and their journey into manhood; identify both surface and underlying problems confronting boys and men; create a blueprint toward solutions. This proposal is the result.




“Guys Got It Made? Think Again, Say Advocates”, by Cheryl Wetzstein, The Washington Times:

This is a “shameful record” and shows that the United States is not preparing its young men to compete in a global economy, said Mr. Mortenson. “For God’s sake, people, wake up.”“There are a lot of win-win answers here,” said Warren Farrell, a Boys Initiative board member and chairman of a 34-member Commission to Create a White House Council on Boys to Men.When men are educated with modern skillsets and land good jobs, they are more marriageable, said Mr. Farrell...





“The Boy Crisis”, by Stacey Gill, BaristaKIDS:

“...Identifying five areas in which boys and men are in crisis, Farrell spoke about education, jobs, emotional health, physical health and fatherlessness over the course of two hours. In education Farrell explained boys are falling further behind in areas across the board. “Our sons are a year and a half behind our daughters,” he stated, pointing out girls fare better in reading, writing, grades, motivation and standardize test scores.

“They lag most significantly in motivation,” he said, noting 31% of boys report feeling their teachers are not listening to them. Farrell argues this statistic can be linked to the higher dropout and expulsion rate among boys, which goes on to impact graduation rates from colleges and universities, leading to a much lower rate among males than females. For males the college graduation rate is projected to be 39% in 2019, down from 61%. For women the projected rates are the exact inverse...”




“A Major Effort to Get Fair Treatment for Boys and Men” by Marty Nemko:

...When women have a deficit, for example, they're "underrepresented" in engineering, massive redress is undertaken. But when men have a deficit, even the ultimate deficit--they die 5.2 years earlier than women--not only is there no redress, there are seven federal offices on women's health, none on men, 39 states have offices of women's health, six for men, and most frightening, over the past 60(!) years, a review of PubMed, which indexes the 3,000 leading medical journals, finds that there are 40 articles on women's health for every one on men's.In attempt to restore a measure of fairness, I am a member [with Warren Farrell] of the Commission to Create a White House Council on Boys to Men...



“Saving the ‘Lost Boys’” by Richard Whitmire, Education Week blogger:

...One effort seems to have stalled amid apparent lack of interest: a proposal to establish a White House Council on Boys to Men, spearheaded by the author Warren Farrell, who has published several books about gender relations and what he views as the myth of male social advantage...Smith would like the White House to create a Council on Boys to Men. That would help. From my perspective, the most important first step has to come from the U.S. Department of Education, which could launch research into the issue. Just that research alone would alert K-12 educations to the gender gaps.Yes, believe it not, there's little awareness in the schools, mostly because accountability systems such as No Child Left Behind ignore gender. School superintendents and principals are swamped. Why pay attention to issues that aren't necessary?