We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
8 yr old boy in school with 5 yr old girl following. He has a hard time, she's skating right through - because the schools are run by women for girls. I'd really like to see how the grades shake out, but I strongly suspect that the girls get much better grades on average, year after year. The one boy my son is friends with who always gets good grades is very meek and mild type kid. The rest of them get in trouble for having, and I quote, "immature sense of humor". 2nd grade boys don't have a mature sense of humor? Well, punish them! I could go on with example after example, but I'll just say my wife thought I was full of crap when I said schools were biased against boys, at first. She has no doubt about it now.
My two grand daughters (5 & 7) are the sweetest happiest little things and love school. The teacher actually cried when we had to move them in the middle of the school year. I totally get why the girls do so well, the rewards/feedback are symbiotic with how girls think. They want to please the teacher and their parents, they want to get stars/compliments and hugs & smiles. My ten year old grandson also had to move schools in the middle of the school year and I have no doubt if we hadn't he would have been suspended/expelled for various reasons. The system works exactly the opposite for boys. They don't want to sit. They could care less if you are pleased with their work or not and they don't want hugs and compliments, thank you, they want to be left alone to play and fight with their friends. The only thing they really ever want from adults is to be fed when they are hungry otherwise they want to do their own thing.
Almost all of the native cultures recognized this and the fact that the boys still needed to learn and be organized so that they didn't get into trouble. So they set up training by an adult or multiple adults and the groups were all the same age and were expected to become men fully competent to do everything required of men in their world/culture. Our boys are so under challenged and under tested that it is amazing that any of them become men capable of surviving in the real world.