Re: Quick solution
More male teachers in early years would be a great thing. My own boy was lucky enough to get a male P1 teacher. A rare thing indeed. He also had a male student teacher in P3.
It may not be PC but it is true, boys respond differently to men than they do to women. And boys do seem to response positively to being taught by men. I don't think it's anything to do with talent or skill. I think men just know how to deal with boys because they were one once. Also it is a positive role model that many young boys are missing.
I'm not saying that female teachers cannot be effective teachers of boys (I was married to a very successful teacher) but I've observed a difference in my boy's (and his peers) attitude and behaviours around male teachers. And in early school years it makes a difference.