Good. A really nonjudmental account of the reality of what is going on with the teaching style and administrative habits of schools in California, which can possibly be extracted to other places. I saw some similarities to what's going on in Canada. The self-esteem part is reported well, noting how language is different from behaviour, how what a girl says she wants is not the same as what it appears she really wants, and how esteem changes from month to month or minute to minute. It points in directions that might suggest how educators could adapt the environment to increase the self esteem of girls, and suggests that the natural tendencies of boys to monopolize a teacher's time might sometimes need to be ignored to give attention to the girls who don't ask for it. It reminds us that the ones who do poorly in school are not the ones who act out, but, rather, the ones who are afraid to participate and not encouraged to contribute.