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Confidence: The First Step to Redefining Masculinity

Confidence: The First Step to Redefining Masculinity

Adolescents are exploring their identities and are more open to abstract thinking. Having healthy and balanced confidence allows boys to feel good about who they are rather than feeling uncomfortable for trying to be someone they're not.

The teacher's school moves away from either-or thinking and guides boys to a more holistic version of masculinity that includes both-and.

This approach allows boys to understand that there's an entire spectrum of how they can express themselves and that they can value the complexity of their identity and stand firm in it with confidence.


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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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