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Offline Takashi

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off-track stage
« on: July 21, 2021, 05:03:57 pm »
I'd appreciate it if you could help me with the last sentence of the following passage.

"Boys fall behind in school and get discouraged. There is evidence that they lose motivation in class from age eight. When 12-year-olds arrive at middle school, the vocabulary gap between boys and girls is striking. Many boys enjoy reading simple, straightforward texts and comic books but struggle with high-level literature that is central to schoolwork. The literacy gap peaks at about 16, when boys are often at their most off-track stage?just when decisions about post-school destinations are being made.

Could you paraphrase "their most off-track stage" in this context?  Could it mean they tend to give up the idea of continuing to study?
Could you also tell me if it is a fixed expression?

Thank you very much.

Takashi

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Re: off-track stage
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2021, 05:06:26 pm »
I have never heard it before but I think it means they don't know in which direction they are pointed for the future.
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Re: off-track stage
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2021, 05:13:18 pm »
Thank you very much indeed, Mr Baker!

Now I can understand the meaning of the phrase in the context.

I really appreciate it.

Takashi