Motivation and Success
For many bright little boys what is taught is uninteresting and the knowledge that they will be advanced regardless of effort provides little or no incentive for hard work. This lack of consequences does not sit well with the male temperament. The stress upon success while eliminating the prospect of failure has set the stage for promoting failure. The majority of boys entering high school are now entering applied or locally developed math courses and as such, are streamed from the outset with the result that they are excluded from many post-secondary options. This occurs not because of lack of ability but because of a lack of motivation. Would any intelligent boy put effort into something he feels to be unimportant and uninteresting when he gets nothing for it?
For many boys, the disengagement from school begins in their earliest years and continues throughout high school with devastating results.
The disengagement often afflicts boys of above-average intelligence who are quick to assess circumstances in terms of immediate rewards and consequences. Living in the present and being allowed to by virtue of the elimination of accountability actually encourages this disengagement with often disastrous results.