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v30_single_sexIssue: Single-sex classes began proliferating after the U.S. Education Department relaxed restrictions in 2006. With research showing boys, particularly minority boys, were graduating at lower rates than girls and faring worse on tests, schools were paying attention. In 2002, only about a dozen schools were separating the sexes, according to the National Association for Single Sex Public Education. Now, an estimated 500 public schools across the country offer some all-boy and all-girl classrooms.

 

 

Proponents argue the separation allows for a tailored instruction and cuts down on gender-driven distractions among boys and girls. But critics decry the movement as promoting harmful gender stereotypes and depriving kids of equal educational opportunities. Dozens of public schools nationwide are being targeted by the American Civil Liberties Union in a struggle over whether single-sex learning should be continued. The ACLU claims many schools offer the classes in a way that conflicts with the U.S. Constitution and Title IX, a federal law banning sex discrimination in education. Under pressure, single-sex programs have been dropped at schools from Missouri to Louisiana, but some states like South Carolina, have more than 100 schools that offer some form of a single-gender program. Parents can opt out, a choice required by law, if they want their kids in a traditional coed classroom, and students learn the same curriculum, they still lunch and play at recess together.

Question: Are single-sex classrooms beneficial to the learning process or do they do more harm than good?m.” Franklin isn’t the first coach to lay out criteria for his coaching staff. In January, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said he didn’t want fat, sloppy, smoking bachelors gracing his coaches’ room.

 

 

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Kelly Kaufman

Why is having educational options available for your child a bad thing? Do people really think every child learns the same, and responds to the same stimuli? Plus, these schools have a boys’ class, girls’ class and a mixed class? Sounds like they are going to wind up with smaller class sizes, which have proven to improve student outcomes, and I don't discount the capability to improve learning when tailoring the learning process to gender.

 

v30_buzz_crawfordBarbara Crawford

How does it create gender stereotypes if both classes have the same curriculum? I think this is a good idea. I say they learn differently, boys learn better with a more hands on approach and girls learn better in a more structured academic setting.

 

v30_buzz_brockMiles Brock

There is a lot more to public education than just learning math or reading. There is learning to interact with other people of different backgrounds, races, and sexes and I don’t think single-sex classrooms allow for that as well as a mixed class.

 

 

v30_buzz_wilkinsMonique Wilkins

If males and females are so distracted in school to prevent good performance, then we need to separate the males from the females in the work force to get better performance. If you don't think this same thing happens in the work place, you are blind. I figured the majority of us know how to control ourselves, and school is where we need to learn that control.

 

 

 

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