The traditional, "one size fits all" school system doesn't work for many (some might assert most) children today and it is clear from the statistics that it doesn't work well for boys. Traditional schools lack the sensitivity to male learning, and the ability to tailor learning plans to the individual learners, rather boys are brought to 'education' and expected to learn as if learning was generic and unrelated to the needs of the male learner.
We are working to start a charter school for boys, and need your help.
The Yonkers Model Charter School for Boys will offer an opportunity for truly engaged learning for boys. It aims to engage boys at the earliest level and to re-engage boys who have been alienated from current models of traditional schooling.
The combination of knowledge from the emerging field of male brain science, along with known educational principles, is set to engage boys in a lasting embrace of education, because it works for them.
The 'Yonkers Model', places the unique needs and strengths of the male brain at the center of its model. Programs are tailored to capitalize on boys needs for active instructional styles, hands on learning, inspirational teacher leadership, project-based learning, materials that intrigue boys (particularly technology and gaming), connected with increased movement and caring teachers.
The Foundation for Male Studies needs $100,000.00 for the Charter School application and establishment processes.
To form this charter school for boys we must raise this amount to:
• Prepare the extremely complicated application to the State Board of
Regents, including hiring of a consultant to get us through the process;
• Guide it through the rigorous state approval process and create a Board of Directors;
• Vet and recruit a school principal and key staff;
• Locate and pay a binder on an approved site for the school.
Once approved by the state, monies for routine charter school operations are funded by the school board in the district in which the school operates.
The 'model' school will be the first integrated (as opposed to racially designated) school for males with an educational philosophy anchored in the emerging science of the male by recognizing the unique biologic underpinnings of maleness.
We have moved out from research and conferencing with leading academicians and scientists in this effort, to create a novel learning facility, to the next phase in the work to turn the tide affecting males of all ages.
We know the educational gender gap has its roots in boys' earliest school endeavors. It starts Pre-Kindergarten where boys, on average, from the very onset of their schooling, lag in reading readiness, the foundation of all learning. The disparity grows like a cancer until the gap is almost two to one female to male ratio on college campuses, and is even more lopsided in college graduation rates.
FMS' sponsoring of the creation of the first integrated charter school for boys is a major step toward reversing this loss of male human capital. FMS is committed to completing the rigorous application process.
How you can help:
Please help us with a tax-deductible donation of of any amount. Also sent a link to this page to your friends and contacts, asking them to help. Before long, the dream of a better education for boys will become a reality.