logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
European Travel
Action Movies
Bible Basics
Houseplants
Romance Movies
Creativity
Family Travel


dailyclick
All times in EST

Clairvoyance: 08:00 PM

Full Schedule
g
g School Reform Site

BellaOnline's School Reform Editor

g

Same Sex Education


Both NOW (National Organization for Women) and the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) are rabidly against same sex education. They base their opposition on their belief that separating the sexes is discriminatory and “unscientific.”

I do not subscribe to the notion that boys and girls require extremely different methods of instruction, but I do advocate the separation of boys and girls once they hit puberty.

Before the switch from the junior high/senior high model to the middle school concept, I taught in a junior high school (grades 7-9) where I often had the same children in the eighth and ninth grades whom I'd taught as seventh graders. Time after time, in the course of the seventh grade, I witnessed bright little girls morph from hand-waving students eager to learn and eager to show they knew the answer, to silly, self-conscious girls-on-display, reluctant to show their intelligence in front of the boys.

No doubt single-sex schools have their own problems, but I doubt that any can outweigh the advantage of placing developing adolescents in a learning environment that shuts out one of the biggest obstacles to learning: distractions from the opposite sex. I’ve seen at first hand how coeducational classes compare with same sex classes.

One year, when I was teaching in a small rural high school, a scheduling fluke gave me an all-girl eleventh grade English class. Silly girls I'd taught as tenth-graders suddenly showed depths of intelligence they'd carefully hidden in the mixed tenth-grade classroom. They carried on unselfconscious discussions that would have been impossible in a mixed classroom. They were different people without the boys, confident and articulate.

The critics of single sex classrooms claim that separating boys and girls perpetuates stereotypes. The contrary is true.

The coeducational classroom reflects the male bias that exists in the larger culture. Studies have shown that teachers call on boys more often than they call on girls, and that they give boys more time to answer than they do girls. Many school counsellors still regard upper level math and science courses as being more important for boys than for girls and make no attempt to conceal their feelings.

Current U.S. law allows single-sex instruction, but stipulates that it must be voluntary. I think that a rapid improvement in student achievement would be seen if it became compulsory.

Mixed classrooms are probably OK for the earliest grades (K-5), but educational achievement for both boys and girls would be boosted dramatically if the sexes were taught separately, beginning with the sixth or seventh grade.

Single-sex classrooms provide a safe space in which both boys and girls are free to explore the intellectual dimensions of their personalities.

Add Same+Sex+Education+ to Twitter Add Same+Sex+Education+ to Facebook Add Same+Sex+Education+ to MySpace Add Same+Sex+Education+ to Del.icio.us Digg Same+Sex+Education+ Add Same+Sex+Education+ to Yahoo My Web Add Same+Sex+Education+ to Google Bookmarks Add Same+Sex+Education+ to Stumbleupon Add Same+Sex+Education+ to Reddit




RSS | Related Articles | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map


For FREE email updates, subscribe to the School Reform Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2014 by Maeve Maddox. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Maeve Maddox. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Maeve Maddox for details.

g


g features
Firing Teachers Won't Improve U.S. Education

The Testing Opt-Out Movement

Criticism of Reform Not Welcome

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor