SOCIALIZATION? Defenders of the common schools include "socialization," by which they presumably mean "plays well with others," not "learning playground words," as one of the benefits of schooling. But how well is it working? Business Week runs a long article on how boys are falling behind girls (via Critical Mass, with related commentary, see also Charlie Sykes). To what extent are the common schools, by looking the other way at yobbish fashion statements, helping set those guys up to fail?

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