Evangelia Biddy Profile
“It is the cultural assignment of our generation to properly educate our boys and put them on the right path to manhood.”
Evangelia Biddy, Editor-in-Chief, Junior Magazine
According to the National Center for Educational Statistics and the United States Department of Education, boys have consistently scored worse than girls in reading for the past thirty years—all ages, in every year. Two-thirds of special education students in high school are boys; boys are fifty percent more likely to be held back in the eighth grade than girls and thirty percent more likely than girls to flunk or drop out of school altogether. Boys are four to five times more likely than girls to be diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or a learning disability; and they are far more likely than girls to be referred to a school psychologist. They are five times more likely to be classified as hyperactive.
When it comes to grades and homework, girls outperform boys in elementary, secondary, high school, college and even graduate work. Women outnumber men in higher education with fifty-six percent of bachelor's degrees and fifty-five percent of graduate degrees going to women. At its current pace, by 2016, boys will make up fewer than 40 percent of college undergraduates. The crisis in the education of boys’ cuts across social, economic and ethnic lines and it is not limited to the United States. Indeed, the boy crisis has gone global. In what seems to be every corner of the world boys are being outperformed by girls in most subjects and at most ages. In classrooms from Canada to South Africa, from the U.S. to the U.K. there is a global phenomenon. Boys and books just don’t seem to go together.
Troubled by these statistics, Evangelia Biddy founded a publication devoted to improving the educational outcomes of boys by sharing information and resources with a new generation of time-stretched parents and educators. Junior Magazine addresses the underachievement of boys head on with best practices from leading educators, organizational profiles from the field and interviews with authors and academics who are making a difference in the lives of boys. An international resource for parents and educators, the publication is written in an accessible, engaging, reader-friendly style. Every issue is filled with practical tools and actionable solutions for addressing the unique learning styles and special developmental needs of boys. Evangelia has been featured in Oprah’s ‘O’ and Essence. She is also a regular contributor to Parenting Pink. A mother of a preteen boy she lives in suburban Philadelphia.