A fascinating look into problems boys have with coping with the aspirations of their parents can be found on the web site Why Boys Fail.
It is gratifying to see the progress that girls are making at school and at university.
Our boys at ten and eleven years old have to grow up so quickly when they are faced with competitive examinations. Some boys are grateful for the opportunity to display their academic ability. Other boys, in some cases a little less mature, just need a few more months.
All parents can do is try not to become too frustrated with their sons. Evidence does show that boys (and men) usually get there in the end.