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?
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.
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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.
November 26 (TUESDAY)
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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?
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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.
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