The education gender gap, it seems, is a very real thing. We know that by kindergarten, girls are better prepared for the demands of elementary school; they're generally more attentive, independent, and better behaved. And because of this (and a host of other reasons) girls academically outpace their male counterparts.
This, according to a new study by Washington-based research group, has a lasting effect on boys' performance in school. By eighth grade, academic behavior is fixed, and "eighth grade grades," the authors write, "are a better predictor of completing college than standardized tests scores."