Thank you for raising up this topic.
When I was in school, most of my professors were women. Only in college did the ratio reverse and I had like... 1-2 college professors per semester as women. Most of the lab tutors were men... but I did do engineering school so most of the enrolled students were boys like me. We had 6 girls in a class of 70.
If you go to psychology or literature, you'll find the ratios reversed.
But let's stick to pre-college education.
The educational methods used today are great, really, top notch... for the XIXth century or early XXth century. But today, for the XXIth century, education needs to change. All of it. It's failing to do it's job.
Sir Ken Robinson made an excellent video on the subject on how children are being put through schools like a product through a factory.
Education needs to be a relative experience, as least state education. Some students need X years of education, others need X+-y. We need to revamp our educational system and the best way to do this is to build new, integrated schools. Schools should be these mega infrastructural entities that have everything from dormitories to classrooms and teachers who are competent to educate people on all interests. They should have sporting centers, they should have flexible work hours and well staffed with professionals and they should be immersive in the community and especially in close ties with the economic world.
Not all students are effective at the same periods of their life. Some work better in the morning, others are better in the afternoon, some are night owls and all other periods you can think of.
Maybe you, as an individual, operates best if you work out in the morning and hit the classrooms in the afternoon. Maybe you are at your peak if you study at night. There should be classes for all these opportunities so that people can explore themselves and their passions.
There should be regular interactions between companies adn industry leaders and the schools. In college was the first time I managed to speak or meet with people in the real world of technology, as I said, I did engineering. But it wasn't because the school brought them on, it was because the NGO I was part of organized events where students could hear these people speak. I wish I had those opportunities in highschool...
We're ruining our children by denying them the right kind of education. If you think it'll be too expensive... look at the cost of the lack of proper educational environment is doing. Unemployment. People working tedious jobs that should have been automated a decade ago. People who hate their jobs. People who are incompetent at their jobs. All because we aren't reforming our educational system. And this will cost money and energy but it needs to be done. It has to be done.
EDIT: To speak a little on the topic: the reason males are being disadvantaged is because most boys don't respond to authority figures in the same way most girls do. I was a good kid in school, always stayed out of trouble and was respectful to the teachers. But I never really "respected" them if I had nothing to learn from them. History teacher... I knew more history then her and my grandfather taught me more than I would have liked... which is a whole different rant on why history shouldnt' be taught to people under 15 or 16. English, I was already fluent and doing the same mind-numbing exercises was boring and tedious. I appreciated their position, but they weren't for me. So I never respected them in the same way I respected my math teacher (she was a woman) or my physics teacher (he was a man) who actually taught me things and more importantly, helped me discover how to think properly about problems and how to solve them.
Something that came in handy, and I expanded upon, in college.