Why Fred & George struggled at Hogwarts
Jan 24, 2009
I’ve often wondered about the IQ of Fred and George Weasley. It’s an odd thing to think of, but when you spend much of your time thinking about learning patterns it’s inevitable. If you looked at their grades, it’s ironic that these two intelligent young men didn’t receive the highest marks, yet they both were succesful business men. While George now lives on without Fred, I’d bet both of them knew early on, that boys didn’t fit into schools the way girls did.
Occasionally someone will have books sent to me to read and offer my opinion. I love reading and you’ll find a variety of books in my book bag, or downloaded on my IPOD at any given time. Recently I conducted a book group on Boys Adrift by Dr L Saks, which was sent to me from a teacher friend. This excellent book and I suggest it to anyone who is raising a bot, teaching a boy or knows boys. (I think that should cover everyone)
As a teacher, I’ve noticed that recently boys seem to have less motivation then in years past. I also notice that, while sitting around talking to my teacher-peers, this is becoming something many other teachers are noticing. This book addresses the trend of under-achieving boys.
Here are a few of the topics discussed in this book.
- The over-use of ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) Medication for boys
- Lack of positive role models for boys in the media, sports, music etc.
- The over-emphasis of teaching boys subject matter before their brains are willing to handle it
- The role of video games in a young man’s life
- Toxic chemicals found in toys that affect the young male’s chemistry.
This book discusses a common trend noticed by both teachers and parents alike, that school doesn’t seem to be working well for our boys. I found the book fascinating and Dr Saks ideas level-headed and just filled with common sense. I suggest everyone read this book. If you care about a single boy out there, you’ll be glad you did.