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Redefining Masculinity: Middle School Boys Lead the Way

Redefining Masculinity: Middle School Boys Lead the Way

He noticed a pattern with his boys that involved going down sketchy YouTube rabbit holes or indulging in meme culture.

He became a mentor for an afterschool program called My Brother's Keeper, and in this space, he asked his male students an age-old question: "Does absolute power corrupt absolutely?" The conversation led to an "aha!" moment for both the teacher and the students.

He realized that middle school boys are impressionable and full of potential, and they could lead us to a more just and equitable society by redefining masculinity.


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Middle school is a time like no other, as significant biological and emotional changes coincide with profound personal growth, says educator Jerome Hunter. The middle school for boys that he founded centers on a program that helps redefine masculinity through what he calls the three "Cs" -- confidence, communication and community. He shares the growth he's seen when boys are encouraged to explore their own empathy -- and how it could lead to a more just world.

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