Figures just released by the Department of Education reveal the gender gap between boys and girls - 46 per cent of five-year-old boys are not able to 'write a letter to Santa' or read simple sentences.
The figures showed that 70 per cent of girls are reaching the expected standard when it comes to reading and writing. And it certainly highlights one of the issues that prompted the birth of this website - that boys and girls, despite anything that parents may do or not do, enter school with different levels of development, and it is essential that schools recognise this.
However, if your child is five, they are presumably still in reception class - do we really expect children to be able to write a letter at this age?
It seems like a case of running before you can walk. I remember my son's reception teacher saying that he would sit in front of his diary and find it hard to get started on writing what he had done at the weekend - that's because he's four, I said, he is only just learning to write - how can you expect him to be able to write an account of his weekend?
Remember that in other countries - Scandinavia, for instance - children don't start formal education until they're six or seven - and I doubt they are worrying about whether their pre-schoolers are able to write to Santa.
Indeed, some experts believe that pushing children to literacy before they are ready can be damaging, especially for boys. And when compared with countries where they don't begin formal education until later, by the time the children reach secondary school, there is little difference in their achievement levels.
Don't get me wrong, reading and writing is enormously important, but pushing children (and especially boys) before they are ready (and of course some are ready way before five) is just damaging to their self esteem and their view of education.
Okay, so maybe that five-year-old boy can't write a letter, but perhaps he can ride a bike, or sing, or is a great climber, or has an active imagination. We mustn't forget to praise children for achievements other than those that are
If you want some inspiration on how to make learning fun for boys, we've gathered some interesting ideas here - and if your young man loves going on the computer there are some onscreen education ideas here.
I'm a freelance journalist with a son who amazes, mystifies, infuriates, and impresses me on a daily basis. I'm always asking others mums with sons - is this normal, or is it just a boy thing?