Updated 10 September 2002, 16.48
Girls are officially the school brainboxes after GCSE results showed they beat boys in nearly all of the subjects.
So why are boys getting left behind?
Come on boys tell us what you think is going on. Do you lads find school boring or is it cool to be lazy?
Girls do you think you work harder or do you think boys just don't have the brains?
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Girls have nothing better to do, so they work. I think they're like robots. Well, robots may be brainy but boys have independent minds. We think for ourselves.
David, 14, Glasgow
Boys are clever but they don't want to look like boffins so they don't try hard whereas girls don't care as much about the social consequences and so they try harder.
James, 12, Sandridge
It's quite simple, the neuron balance inside the crestular sector in the females' brain produces a far greater ratio of nerve signals. DUH!!!!
Matt, 14, St Albans
Excuse me Paul,12, Littlehampton, boys are probably under less pressure than girls. I've just got my results and for all the people who called me a boff....hehehe who's laughing now. Males have had it easy through life, they've got all the best jobs but now us girls are coming and taking over!!! GIRLS RULE!!!
Catherine, 16, Barnsley
Girls are given more help than boys when they are young. They can also concentrate for longer and they take exams and their future more seriously and at a younger age than boys. I also think that because girls have been doing better for so long the boys have lost their motivation.
Sarah, 14, Reading
I think girls do better at school because they listen more to the teachers and don't get into as many fights.
Suzanna, 11, Surrey
I don't think the lads are doing bad in my year. But this is how it is, the boys always goof off in class and they think it's funny when a teacher asks them for their homework assignment and they don't have it. Then they get detention and enjoy saying, "oh yeah, I didn't want to do the homework so I got like my 80th detention in a row". That's how it is, really. But I bet if guys worked hard, they would do better! And I also think that it's unfair the way that boys with good grades are treated. The ones who are star students and who read and do all their homework are made fun of.
I think that girls are doing better because they are more enthusiastic towards their studies and work.
Amy, 12, Lichfield
It's cos us lads just wanna mess bout with r m8s.
Scott, 15, Belfast
Everyone is unique and made with different talents. If you want to do well and have a good job, then you have to put the effort into studying for exams. Boffs and geeks don't exist - they are just stupid!
Eleanor, 12, Stratford Upon Avon
I got my GCSE results today too, they are not too bad I guess?! But yeah I reckon girls can do better because they work harder, in the class and at home too, unlike boys, they often just mess around in the class and hope to do well.
Susan, 16, Brighton
I think it's because girls have a higher concentration level than boys. I think boys are good at studying too though!
Becky, 12, Birmingham
The simple reason is, girls are more clever than boys, :) ! Seriously though, I think girls care more about schoolwork than most boys do.
Ceri, 14, Monmouth
Girls study more because they want to end up with a decent job, while boys think a good job will appear from nowhere, I don't really care though cos at the end of the day it'll them who end up with rubbish jobs.
Grace, 10, Southampton
Boys are just as clever as girls. But boys are under a lot of pressure to do well in exams and still have a good reputation. If boys work hard they are classed as boffins and geeks with is really unfair.
Paul, 12, Littlehampton
What can I say, us girls are just naturally clever!
Emma, 15, Linlithgow
I think it's coz most boys only want to do well in subjects they like. If they don't like it, they don't try, they put enough effort into these subjects so they scrape a pass. Subjects boys enjoy are ones they're generally better at anyway so in these subjects the marks are higher. Girls seem to put equal effort into everything whether they enjoy it or not.
Girls aren't smarter than boys, they just concentrate more and it isn't just a laddish thing, it is what everybody does!
Emily, 11, Birmingham
Boys just like mucking around and aren't really that bothered about schoolwork but us girls don't worry about our reputation and revise but we DON'T spend all our time buried in books.
Freya, 11, Bristol
Boys think it is uncool to work hard while girls don't. But a lot of boys work hard too!.
Hollie, 12, Cambs
Boy's are just as amart as girls. It just depends on if they study hard enough.
Addie, 12, Illinois, USA
Girls are better at school but boys are better at sports.
Rosemary, 11, London
My brother got his results and he got 4 As and the rest Bs so not all boys are stupid.
Christian, 13, London
I want to say to Stuart, 14, Newquay that just because girls actually CARE about their future and not just what their friends think of them it does not mean that they are sad!!!
Kriti, 12, Essex
I think that girls are doing better than boys because they study harder and the boys muck about more.
Tom, 14, London
Loads of people are saying the reason is that girls are smarter and more clever, that's not necessarily true, some boys are smart and get good grades, it's just it seems uncool to get A* grades or whatever every time!
Georgina, 12, Solihull
Boys are too worried, about their rep, to do well in class. Girls like to look better and try harder. Boys don't try and they're lazy. I thought it's so tight because at a school in London the boys get more help than the girls, so the girls could be getting even higher grades, but the teachers are being told to spend more time on the boys education. If the boys don't want to try hard and learn then they should spend more time with the girls who do want to learn.
Sarah, 14, Aldershot
I don't think it's all boys' fault that some of them get lower grades. Girls are generally easier to teach and don't mind how they learn whereas boys need to be taught in different ways to make it sink in. I think the teachers don't adapt to this difference so boys lose out.
Clare, 15, Stroud
More teachers are female, they spend more time with girls than boys so girls have an advantage.
Bill, 14 , Freashwater Bay
I think that although girls may be generally better at school, boys are better than us at other things as well. We all have our own individual qualities!
Emma, 13, Chicester
Boys seem to think it's uncool to work.
Claire, 10, Merton
Girls are probably doing better, because girls are at the age where they are more mature and can handle more work then boys.
Brigid, 13, Lake Bluff
Boys only use half of their brain whereas girls use the whole thing!
Sarah, 15, Grimsby
I think girls do better at school because they realise if they don't work, they will get a rubbish job. Where as boys just think of football and skating!
Lydia, 12, Northants
I think that girls really put their minds to their schoolwork more than boys because they always want to play sports. But don't get me wrong... That doesn't apply to every boy!
Christine, 13, London
Boys are actually more clever than girls. A majority of boys don't try but the world's most important jobs are done by men NOT women.
Bert, 14, Inverbervie
It is not sad to spend all your time in books Stuart! If anything it's the boys who are sad to think that they don't need their exams and will just become great footballers which is very unlikely. Girls are more sensible than boys, that's why teachers warm to them! Boys could do as good as girls in their GCSEs it's just that a lot of them are too immature too even try.
Saffron, 13, Doncaster
I think it's because girls take exams and stuff more seriously than boys but it doesn't mean to say that boys aren't clever. My brother got his results today and he got fantastic results, even though I'm a girl, I think I'll never do as good as him in my exams!
Amber, 13, London
Girls are just born clever and boys are just dumb! Girls care about their marks while boys couldn't give a fig! Girls are more sociable, caring and patient than boys.
Louise, 12, Manchester
I know that I still haven't done any of my GCSEs, yet I have learned that girls are doing better than boys not just in GCSEs but in other examinations too. This is because boys don't put enough effort in. Girls spend time planning out their work while all boys wanna do is play football, this is why boys are not doing too well in exams.
Sean, 13, Lurgan, N Ireland
We girls care more about our future, and we don't mind working hard even if we don't like it. We are very proud of ourselves and we really like being better than boys, they are so lazy!
Eethar, 14, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Boys have equal brains to girls but it is seen as uncool if they work hard at school!
Jennifer, 14, Leeds
I think this is because lads would rather spend all day kicking a football than work. But they will be the ones who lose out as they will end up not being a footballer and as they didn't pay attention in school they will have bad jobs and girls will have good jobs!!!
Hannah, 12, Birmingham
It is very annoying when people complain every year about the results being made easy to get. People who want to do well revise. Those who don't suffer later. You decide your own fate. Simple. If you work hard, you get those results. And believe me, the exams don't get easier each year.
Louise, 16, Taunton
Boys aren't dumber than girls, it's just that girls care too much. Many boys that I know knew that they would pass most subjects, so they just didn't bother revising because they knew they would do well enough. Girls on the other hand, are just too scared to fail. GCSE results aren't the most important exams ever, just because boys are slacking behind a bit, it doesn't mean that they are dumber.
Sarah, 13, Ireland
Boys try really hard and I think that teachers just warm to girls more and give them more time.
Frances, 15, Newton Abbot
Girls just have more time to study, the boys are playing football at school while the girls are in the extra study class!
Hannah, 12, Milton Keynes
Perhaps if boys, like Stuart, 14, Newquay, stopped insulting us girls, they would do better when taking exams. I really want to do well when I take my GCSE's and the only way they can do that it to work hard, unlike boys, who spend all their time on their computer and teasing girls. No offence to boys who do work hard, but boys with an attitude like Stewart ain't gonna get very far!
Julie, 14, Manchester
Cos girls rule!
Kim, 12, Reading