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Masterminds and Wingmen - Book Review

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I decided to read Masterminds and Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World, by Rosalind Wiseman, for a variety of reasons. While the school employee in me should probably say that the first reason was because approximately half of the students at SA are boys, that may be a bit disingenuous, as I am also the father of a boy. Regardless, I saw the book as important to read, for insight into the world of boys and young men.


Rosalind Wiseman came to fame with Queen Bees and Wannabees, a book which explored "Girl World," and inspired the movie "Mean Girls." Now as she explores "Boy World" (spurred on by being the mother of two sons, I am sure) she attempts to detail the other side of the ledger. She explains the book as more of a reference guide, which is not necessarily meant to be read cover-to-cover, as different chapters cover topics which parents may, or may not, be dealing with.

I would recommend Masterminds and Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World to those who find themselves in either category I put myself in (teacher or parent of a boy), with the caveat that this book, like many others like it, can feel a bit overbearing. Much of the information and insight shared by Mrs. Wiseman is valuable, even if it only serves as a reminder and/or confirmation to what I already knew. Some of what she explained that was new to me (or at least put into terms that I can now "use" as both teacher and father) was laid out well, sometimes even in a step-by-step format, making it both easier to digest as well as employ when similar situations arise.

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