about Heroes of the Blue Sky Rebellion
This book should be required reading for every educator in America, male and female, from the earliest levels.
Assistant Director for Sports
New Mexico Activities Association
Heroes of the Blue Sky Rebellion offers a thought-provoking and practical look at the invisible face of sexism in US culture and the problems it causes for boys and young men. This book targets boys and men ages 13 to 23, but it is a must read for any parent of a boy or, for that matter, a girl. Heroes is a how-to-guide for understanding the complexities of sexism against boys and offers several practical and easy to understand steps for boys who must wrestle with issues created by sexism that impacts them on the playground, at school, at work, and in their relationships with girls and adult women and men.
Alison Carr-Chellman, Ph.D.
Dean & Professor, University of Idaho College of Education, Health and Human Sciences
Director, Bring Back the Boys
An excellent and timely book for young males facing a world increasingly stacked against them and blind to their learning styles and emotional needs. Especially valuable are the practical suggestions as to what any boy or young man can do to challenge and reverse unfairness.
Judith Kleinfeld, Ed.D.
Professor of Psychology, University of Alaska
Director, Boys Project
Heroes of the Blue Sky Rebellion prepares us socially to help our sons navigate the journey from conformity to individuality; from becoming someone’s role mate to becoming someone’s soul mate; from being a follower of norms that help our sons be wallets and warriors, to being a creator of a life that reflects the uniqueness of his being.
Warren Farrell, Ph.D.
Author, Why Men Are the Way They Are and The Myth of Male Power
Co-author, The Boy Crisis: Why Our Boys Are Struggling and What We Can Do About It (March 2018)
Heroes of the Blue Sky Rebellion is a book meant for a large segment of the American population whose needs have barely been addressed (as compared to other groups): boys and young men. While Jack Kammer wrote the book for young males (ages 13-23) to read, it should be required reading for parents of sons and teachers, and anyone else who regularly interacts with this neglected population. Heroes talks about how boys and young men have the right to be happy and successful, without any need to defeat others in achieving those goals. In fact, the longest — and to me, one of the best — chapters in the book is titled “Making Allies,” where Kammer talks about eliciting understanding and assistance not only from other boys and young men, but also grown men (including fathers), and women (including mothers), as well as girls and young women. As he reminds us at the end of the book, Principle Number One of the Blue Sky Rebellion is that it “will make the world better for everyone,” so it makes sense, as he writes, to “look for Allies to win, rather than opponents to defeat.”
While it is easy reading, the book is richly footnoted and referenced. It’s definitely an important contribution to the literature addressing the needs of a group whose concerns are often overlooked by the greater society. It will help boys and young men to grow up to be the men our society very much needs.
Mark Sherman, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Psychology at S.U.N.Y., New Paltz
Blogger at Psychology Today
Father of three sons and grandfather of five grandsons