Started the True Gentlemen's Club last school year.  It is now an amazingly popular club at our school.  Any of you moderating a similar club?

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What age groups do you aim it at and have you come up against any resistance?

High School grades 9-12.  Discussions get animated when it revolves around relationships, sex, etc.  But usually no resistance form the boys.  From some colleagues, slight grumbling but overwhelmingly positive.

Colour me impressed.

I doubt this would ever fly in my area unless it was positioned as a support/mentoring group for boys. I'm sure someone would complain that a club "focused on masculinity" would be too exclusive or would be a reinforcement of articifical / stereotypical gender roles yadda yadda yadda.

Have your critics read "Why Gender Matters" by Leonard Sax.  It shows that undifferentiated education is actually reinforcing gender stereotypes.

Hi Cedric,

Hoping you are still replying to this! 

What a great idea, and when I get settled in a school from September it will be something I look at. How do you structure it/sell it to pupils? Each week have a topic to discuss or hobby/interest to look into?

Here is the calendar of events for this past school year.  The last meetings are not covered, but it should give you an idea.  I can't write any longer right now but please reply with more questions and I will get back to you.

CALENDAR

2013

September 5:

  • No Meeting

 

September 12:

  • Business:  First Meeting

 

September 19:

  • Workshop: How to Shave like your Grandpa

 

September 26:

  • Reading:  Theodore Roosevelt: The American Boy
  • Workshop:  How to Whistle with your Fingers
  • Business:  Decorum for Activities’ Fair

 

October 3: 

  • Discussion:  Dating vs. Courting

October 10: 

  • Guest Speaker: Mr. Schmidt on Manly Characters in Literature

October 17: 

  • No Meeting

 

October 24: 

  • Workshop: How to Change a Tire (Workshop Leader: Mr. Thomas Gallhager)

 

October 31:

  • Discussion:  Sex:  What if she really loves me?

 

November 7:

  • Guest Speaker: Mr. Gerry Cacnio on A Gentleman’s Finances

 

November 14:

  • Founding Fathers’ Luncheon

 

November 21: 

  • Discussion:  The Appropriateness of Fighting

 

November 26  (TUESDAY)

  • Guest Speaker:  Mr. Bill Goodwin ’02: How to Become a Perfect Boor in 5 Easy Steps

 

November 28:

  • THANKSGIVING

 

December 5:

  •  Guest Speaker:  Ms. Christie Pierce: What do Women Really Want?

 

 

December 12:

  • Christmas Party

 

 

December 19:

  • Underclassgentlemen Meeting

January 9:

  • Discussion:  Take Courage and be Man!

 

January 16:

  • Workshop:  Power tools 101 with Jack (Hammer) Drill

 

February 6: 

  • Discussion:  “Why should I open the dang door?”

 

February 13:

  • Guest Speaker: Anthony Ballard:  Chastity is for Guys too

 

February 20:

  • Study:  Theology of the Body

 

February 27 (short)

  • Study:  Theology of the Body

 

March 6:

  • Yearbook Club Picture

 

March 13:

  • Guest Speaker: Matt Newby:  Naval Academy and Navy SEALs Training

Sounds fantastic. How do you set up the discussions? Do you state the topic a week in advance, or just prep things and give a bit of a talk followed by some questions for discussion?

I love the guest speakers, such a good idea! 

How did you get the idea past the folks in charge? I can see it being needed to sold carefully to get it passed. 

Do you say women can come or is exclusively for male pupils?

Thanks for getting back to me.

We usually have a handout that is pretty provocative.  We read one or two paragraphs and open for discussion.  It works pretty well.  Jason's Evert's Pure Manhood is a great one that provides short read and plenty of food for discussion.  Articles from Art of Manliness are great too.

I turned on a few students to the idea and they proposed the club.  No obstacle from the admin.  My school is all-boys so no problem with female discrimination.  However the biggest fans of the club are the moms and some of my female colleagues.  Also if you have an African American Club or an Irish Club or a Computer club, all these groups in some way "exclude" others.

Write again if you need

Peace

Cedric 

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