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LEONARD SAX, M.D., Ph.D., is a physician and a psychologist and the founder of the National Association for Single-Sex Public Education. His scholarly work has been published in a wide variety of prestigious journals including American Psychologist, Behavioral Neuroscience, Journal of the American Medical Association, Journal of the American College of Nutrition, Journal of Family Practice, Annals of Family Medicine, Journal of Sex Research, and others. He has been a featured guest on CNN, PBS, Fox News, Voice of America, NPR's Talk of the Nation, and many other news programs, discussing the importance of sex differences in how children learn.

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In the feminist conception of gender flexibility, no set rules apply: girls can play with trucks; boys can play with dolls. But pediatrician and psychologist Sax argues that our theories about gender's fluidity may be wrong and to apply them to children in their formative years is quite dangerous. Sax believes the brains of boys and girls are hardwired differently: boys are more aggressive; girls are more shy. And deliberately changing a child's gender-in cases of intersex (hermaphrodism) or accident (as in the case of David Reimer, who was raised as a girl after a hideous circumcision mishap)-can ruin a child's life. Sax also believes modern gender philosophy has resulted in more boys being given behavior-modifying drugs and more girls being given antidepressants. Much of his argument makes sense: we may have gone to the other extreme and tried too hard to feminize boys and masculinize girls. Sax makes a compelling argument for parents and teachers to tread lightly when it comes to gender and raises important questions regarding single-sex education, which he supports. His readable prose, which he juxtaposes with numerous interviews with school administrators, principals, scientists and others, makes this book accessible to a range of readers. Agent, Felicia Eth. (On sale Feb. 15) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

""Why Gender Matters is a fabulous resource for teachers and parents. Dr. Sax combines his extensive knowledge of the research on gender issues with practical advice in cogent, highly readable prose. I am eager to have my colleagues at school read this book and discuss it!" --Martha Cutts, Director of Upper School, National Cathedral School, Washington, D.C.
"In this reader-friendly book, Dr. Sax combines his comprehensive knowledge of the scientific literature with numerous interesting case studies to argue for his thesis that single-sex education is advantageous." --Dr. Sandra Witelson, Albert Einstein/Irving Zucker Chair in Neuroscience, McMaster University
"Extremely interesting . . . Challenged many of my basic assumptions and helped me to think about gender in a new way." --Joan Ogilvy Holden, Head of School, St. Stephen's School, Alexandria, Virginia
""Why Gender Matters" is a fabulous resource for teachers and parents. Dr. Sax combines his extensive knowledge of the research on gender issues with practical advice in cogent, highly readable prose. I am eager to have my colleagues at school read this book and discuss it!" --Martha Cutts, Director of Upper School, National Cathedral School, Washington, D.C.
"In this reader-friendly book, Dr. Sax combines his comprehensive knowledge of the scientific literature with numerous interesting case studies to argue for his thesis that single-sex education is advantageous." --Dr. Sandra Witelson, Albert Einstein/Irving Zucker Chair in Neuroscience, McMaster University
"Extremely interesting . . . Challenged many of my basic assumptions and helped me to think about gender in a new way." --Joan Ogilvy Holden, Head of School, St. Stephen's School, Alexandria, Virginia
..."a lucid guide to male and female brain differences." --" "David Brooks, "The New York Times"
""Why Gender Matters" is a fabulous resource for teachers and parents. Dr. Sax combines his extensive knowledge of the research on gender issues with practical advice in cogent, highly readable prose. I am eager to have my colleagues at school read this book and discuss it!" --Martha Cutts, Director of Upper School, National Cathedral School, Washington, D.C.
"In this reader-friendly book, Dr. Sax combines his comprehensive knowledge of the scientific literature with numerous interesting case studies to argue for his thesis that single-sex education is advantageous." --Dr. Sandra Witelson, Albert Einstein/Irving Zucker Chair in Neuroscience, McMaster University
"Extremely interesting . . . Challenged many of my basic assumptions and helped me to think about gender in a new way." --Joan Ogilvy Holden, Head of School, St. Stephen's School, Alexandria, Virginia
.,."a lucid guide to male and female brain differences." --" "David Brooks, "The New York Times"
""Why Gender Matters" is a fabulous resource for teachers and parents. Dr. Sax combines his extensive knowledge of the research on gender issues with practical advice in cogent, highly readable prose. I am eager to have my colleagues at school read this book and discuss it!" --Martha Cutts, Director of Upper School, National Cathedral School, Washington, D.C.
"In this reader-friendly book, Dr. Sax combines his comprehensive knowledge of the scientific literature with numerous interesting case studies to argue for his thesis that single-sex education is advantageous." --Dr. Sandra Witelson, Albert Einstein/Irving Zucker Chair in Neuroscience, McMaster University
"Extremely interesting . . . Challenged many of my basic assumptions and helped me to think about gender in a new way." --Joan Ogilvy Holden, Head of School, St. Stephen's School, Alexandria, Virginia
."..a lucid guide to male and female brain differences." --""David Brooks, "The New York Times"

""Why Gender Matters" is a fabulous resource for teachers and parents. Dr. Sax combines his extensive knowledge of the research on gender issues with practical advice in cogent, highly readable prose. I am eager to have my colleagues at school read this book and discuss it!" --Martha Cutts, Director of Upper School, National Cathedral School, Washington, D.C.

"In this reader-friendly book, Dr. Sax combines his comprehensive knowledge of the scientific literature with numerous interesting case studies to argue for his thesis that single-sex education is advantageous." --Dr. Sandra Witelson, Albert Einstein/Irving Zucker Chair in Neuroscience, McMaster University

"Extremely interesting . . . Challenged many of my basic assumptions and helped me to think about gender in a new way." --Joan Ogilvy Holden, Head of School, St. Stephen's School, Alexandria, Virginia
..".a lucid guide to male and female brain differences." -- David Brooks, The New York Times

"Why Gender Matters is a fabulous resource for teachers and parents. Dr. Sax combines his extensive knowledge of the research on gender issues with practical advice in cogent, highly readable prose. I am eager to have my colleagues at school read this book and discuss it!" --Martha Cutts, Director of Upper School, National Cathedral School, Washington, D.C.

"In this reader-friendly book, Dr. Sax combines his comprehensive knowledge of the scientific literature with numerous interesting case studies to argue for his thesis that single-sex education is advantageous." --Dr. Sandra Witelson, Albert Einstein/Irving Zucker Chair in Neuroscience, McMaster University

"Extremely interesting . . . Challenged many of my basic assumptions and helped me to think about gender in a new way." --Joan Ogilvy Holden, Head of School, St. Stephen's School, Alexandria, Virginia

Physician and psychologist Sax (founder, National Assn. for Single-Sex Public Education) compellingly argues that intrinsic physiological and psychological differences between the sexes are more pervasive and significant than is generally acknowledged in recent research studies. Sax takes issue with authors such as Carol Gilligan (In a Different Voice), who assert that culture is significant in shaping gender roles. He maintains that gender-neutral approaches to child rearing and education can be detrimental to the healthy development of children; furthermore, giving dolls to boys and trucks to girls will not change gender stereotyping. Sax cites research that supports the notion that boys and girls have different needs and learning styles, and when parents and teachers ignore such differences, they do a severe disservice to children. Sax devotes much of this useful book to dispensing practical advice to parents and teachers. Recommended for all public libraries that hold books like Rachel Simmons's Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls and Deborah Tannen's You Just Don't Understand.-Lynne F. Maxwell, Villanova Univ. Sch. of Law Lib., PA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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