There are important points to be taken from this book. For example, Sommers reminds us that in social policy, research must be rigorous and based in science, and it must be reproducible. However, even researchers may be drawn by the media spotlight and attempt to fit their message into sound bites, which can rarely tell the whole story. Sommers also focuses on the family and the impact of its dissolution on the lives of young boys. She points to studies that suggest that violence among young men is often attributable to the absence of a father in the home. She emphasizes the need to reexamine our educational system, and suggests that a return to a directive teaching environment would lead to better scores for both boys and girls.