Apparently my last post was seen as 'posting nonsense' so I will try to elaborate more constructively. In it, I asked, "How much of the male domain is the spirit of the explorer, the adventurer, the frontier man?" The reason I ask this question is because I teach disconnected teenagers (15-18yo), those who feel displaced by the high school system, or who have behavioral or conformity issues. On a daily basis I question myself about their interest in the curriculum, most especially the boys. We often discuss making the curriculum relevant, which is difficult with many of the outcome requirements being so dry. I talked with a teacher colleague and expressed the idea that perhaps the male psyche is often geared towards exploring, adventure and pushing the frontiers. I considered this because of how man has done those very things, up until only recent times. In this modern era, the frontiers are more esoteric. In Australia, at the moment, men in their late teens and early twenties are increasingly turning to drink and violence. It makes me wonder if the caveman within us is breaking out through lack of stimulus, in terms of adventure and frontier work. But back to my troubled teenagers, I've been trying to think of ways, within our very tight budget, to appeal to these aspects. Sometimes I think that the people who write the parameters for the curriculum expect these kids to have the maturity and stability of adults, let alone regular high school kids. Was that sufficiently elaborated this time? I would love the input of people here, especially if you've had to cater to such students. Thank you.