Defenders of same-sex schools hold fast to the belief that girls and boys benefit from separate academic instruction. Same-sex educational settings are also offered as a way to improve lagging achievement for low-income students of color— mainly boys —in urban public schools. And rather than creating more equitable schools for nonwhite students, some critics compare separating boys and girls to racially segregated schooling.
In her first days on the job, L. In the s, retired Harvard professor Edward H. Clarke ignited popular interest in single-sex education — by arguing that exposing adolescent girls to the rigors of a standard education would cause their reproductive organs to wither.
Jump to navigation Skip navigation. In recent years, many school districts have introduced programs that allow for expanded use of single-sex education, often presenting these programs as quick-fix solutions to the array of problems facing many public schools. This trend accelerated sharply in Octoberwhen the U.
Michael Napolitano speaks to his fifth-grade class in the Morrisania section of the Bronx like a basketball coach. About being the bright shining star that you are? They are not just two teachers with different personalities. Hudson, who is 32 and grew up near the school, has a room full of year-old girls, while Mr.
Female students in all-female classes experience less stereotype threat and perform better in their mathematics grades than their female peers in coeducational classes, with no difference in their language grades. The gender gap in academic performance might be explained in part by stereotype threat, or the anxiety or concern that individuals of a certain identity e. If single-sex schooling reduces gender-specific stereotype threat, it is hypothesized that girls in single-sex classes would do better in their mathematics grades than girls in coeducational classes.
Found In : teaching strategies. If you walked into the average public school classroom in the United States, you'd find an equal number of boys and girls. But some experts suggest it may be time for a change.
Single-Sex Education To most Americans, single-sex education seems strange and old-fashioned. Few Americans have had firsthand experience with single-gender education, and fewer still have ever been inside a single-gender public school. Besides: Women and men work together and live together, so shouldn't girls and boys go to school together?
The contentious topic of single gender classrooms is again in the spotlight with some policy makers considering gender-specific educational settings in public schools. Although some private schools already have this practice, not all agree that this is the best environment for K students. And although some countries still prefer single gender classrooms, the percentage of mixed-gender schools has increased.
Schools looking for ways to increase student motivation and academic achievement ought to consider offering single-gender classrooms as one highly effective change that can address students' needs. Single-gender education is a legal option for any K public school, and it can be implemented quickly and at little cost. In South Carolina, school interest in the single-gender choice is growing: Our state has schools now offering such options for students—the highest in the nation—and more are considering doing so for the school year.