School and life achievement patterns for girls and women differ considerably from those of boys and men. When parents and teachers are sensitized to gender issues relative to achievement, they are better able to encourage life-long achievement for all. See Jane Win: The Rimm Report on How 1000 Girls Became Successful Women provides much research-based advice for raising girls, while Dr. Rimm’s clinical experience is the basis for her recommendations for boys.
Although career opportunities for women have gradually expanded, women are often unprepared to take advantage of those opportunities. Low self-esteem, a lack of mathematical skills, the tendency to avoid competition and risk taking, and the emotional and time conflicts related to pursuing a career while raising a family, all contribute to preventing women from selecting high-level careers. The successful women in See Jane Win provide role models for coping with these problems.
Boys have always been disadvantaged in school in that they have suffered more school-related behavior problems than girls. There are more boys with attention deficit disorders, more with learning disabilities, more who drop out of high school, and many more men than women in our jails. The suggestions given by Dr. Rimm will help parents and teachers decrease male problem behaviors and increase their access to emotionally rewarding behaviors and achievement.
Related materials include the books, See Jane Win, How Jane Won, See Jane Win for Girls, Why Bright Kids Underachieve, How to Parent so Children Will Learn, and the companion audio set for How to Parent so Children Will Learn.
Also visit the Underachievement Quiz, the Underachievement Identification Instruments, and the Parenting Articles Raising Amazing Boys,Teaching Girls Resilience,The Pressures Bright Children Feel, and Solving the Mysterious Underachievement Problem.