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By Dr. Anthony Betrus
FCE Staff 

Bring Back the Boys:

Using Games to Re-engage Boys in Learning


Last updated 11/2/2015 at 3:31pm | View PDF

Dr. Alison Carr-Chellman will be visiting SUNY Potsdam as part of the Bregman Digital Humanities speaker series. She will be giving a one-hour presentation on boys, games, and schools at noon on Friday, October 23 in the Crumb Memorial LIbrary. This speech is open to the public. Ali is a friend and colleague of mine who received her PhD from the Instructional Systems Technology program at Indiana University in 1993, the year before I arrived in the same program. She is now a Professor at Penn State University, serving in the Learning and Performance Systems department in their College of Education. She has had a truly remarkable career, and has developed into a national expert in systemic change and the culture of schools. You can learn more about Ali here:

In 2010 she spoke as part of the Technology, Education, and Design (TED) Talk series. Her topic was "Bring Back the Boys," and in her presentation she outlined the reasons boys are not thriving in schools. She then offered suggestions for making changes that would make schools a better fit for boys. In particular, she cited a number of alarming statistics, including one that showed that the number of male teachers in elementary schools was down to 7% nationwide. She connects the dots, and surmises that the girl-centric culture of our elementary schools more-or-less inevitable, given the drastic female-male ratio on staff. And while she advocates for boys, she is also a strong advocate for an appropriate education for girls, especially in math and science. Other statistics she cites show that boys are suspended more often than girls, labeled with learning disabilities more often, and ultimately graduating college at a significantly lower rate. You can view her TED Talk in its entirety here:

I welcome you to come out and see Ali present in person at SUNY Potsdam on October 23rd at noon, where you can expect an update on her important and exciting research and activism. I hope to see you there, and I guarantee you will not leave disappointed.

Dr. Anthony Betrus

The Game Connoisseur

State University of New York at Potsdam


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