Recently my wife turned me onto a TED presentation (as well as an NPR interview) by Ali Carr-Chellman, an instructional designer and author who studies the most effective ways to improve the education system. Since this is my blog and not a college thesis, I'm going to take the easy route here and link you to her TED talk. It is a brief 12 minutes, and a very interesting take on the state of our education system in relation to boys' poor performance in the classroom.
I will point out, however, that the main part of her speech was regarding the fact that studies have shown a great deal of gaming taking up boys' free time. Because of their alienation from school (for various reasons she discusses-- watch the damn video already!), boys would be far more likely to perform better in school were the curriculum based around their general interests, gaming especially.
But that seems to be about where she stops. I mean, she does point out the fact that there are educational games out there, but then she talks about how much they suck.
And rightly so.