Step up and back our boys

“CHERISH our boys”, that's the underlying message from educational consultant and advocate in the area of boys' education, Ian Lillico.

Mr Lillico was in Gympie yesterday advising parents and teachers on ways to better engage with boys, sharing strategies for relating to them and ways of supporting them in school.

Addressing the problem of Australian boys' declining standard of school performance, Mr Lillico said, “we need to cherish boys and we need to engage them”.

The workforce is changing very quickly and many traditional areas that boys looked to for work are going or gone.

Boys now need to have very good interpersonal skills and high emotional intelligence but we don't want them to be girls, the father of three grown sons told The Gympie Times yesterday.

Mr Lillico has taken leave from his job as a school principal in Western Australia, to travel around the world and advise parents and teachers on ways to better motivate boys.

Boys often tend to prefer an active learning style rather than a sedentary learning style, he said but schools tend to teach via auditory, passive methods more suited to girls.

He pointed out that it is important to put in place changes that help boys but don't hinder girls.

Boys need an environment that is stable and engaging and will learn best if they have a connection with their teacher.

Mr Lillico advised parents to praise their boys for tasks well done, pay attention to their diet, steering clear of takeaway and energy drinks, give them household jobs, ensure they have good male role-models in their life, allow them a connection with nature and help them realise the world is a wonderful place to live.

“Give your children a sense of optimism to aspire to do well in the future”, he said..

For more information, visit his website at www.boysforward.com

Gympie Times


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