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A respected educator who advised Hillary Clinton and Cory Booker on scholastic issues presents a plan for teaching the country’s most educationally endangered group—boys.

David Banks knows a few things about at-risk boys. In 2004 he petitioned New York City’s mayor to allow a public school for boys to open in one of the most troubled districts in the country, the South Bronx. He had a point to prove: when rituals that boys are innately drawn to are combined with college prep-level instruction and community mentorship, even the most challenging students can succeed. The result? The Eagle Academy for Young Men—the first all-boys public high school in New York City in more than thirty years—has flourished and has been successfully replicated in other boroughs and other states.

In Soar, Banks shares the experiences of individual kids from the Eagle Academy as well as his own personal story to help others get similar results. He shares the specific approach he and his team use to drive students, from tapping into their natural competitiveness and peer sensitivity, to providing rituals that mimic their instinctual need for hierarchy and fraternal camaraderie, to finding teachers who know firsthand the obstacles these students face.

Result-oriented and clear-eyed about the challenges and the promises of educating boys at risk, Soar is a book that no one who wants to see our young men flourish—from parents and educators to teachers and employers—can afford to miss.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Soar is the rare book that can bring tears to your eyes while showing the way to deep and meaningful social change: how we can significantly reshape our educational system for young men. Perhaps now we can stop waiting for Superman, thanks to our real-life mentor, David Banks, employing the wonderful educational models of Eagle Academy. I pray that all of us, mothers and fathers, teachers and employers, policymakers and politicians—all the citizens of this nation who have seen boys become an ‘endangered species’ in our public schools—have the fortitude that he has shown to cry out for, work for, and demand the change he offers us.”

    William Pollack, PhD, New York Times bestelling author of Real Boys

  • “The more the Eagle Academy approach and its successes can be shared, the more opportunities young people will have to find their way to their own triumphs.”

    Wes Moore, author of The Other Wes Moore

  • “David Banks is not just an extraordinary educator, he’s a great innovator. The Eagle Academy defied political correctness to do what was right for young men facing enormous challenges. It is a big idea that is saving lives and providing hope.”

    Joel Klein, former chancellor of the New York City Department of Education

  • “How do we get young people off the bench and into the game? Strong, committed father figures, ready to train, prepare, coach and mentor young people so they can grow into champions. Eagle Academy doesn’t just teach academic skills, it models character, so that Eagle graduates can be successful men—the next generation of the men and fathers we need. David Banks shows us how to stand up and save our boys.”

    Allan Houston, general manager, New York Knicks

  • “A must-read for those concerned with the welfare of young men.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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