Boys and girls should be in separate classes.
There are many benefits to educating boys and girls separately. It should happen in more schools.
Researchers have found that differences between boys and girls affect how they learn. Boys do better when they can be physically active in the classroom. Girls are shy about participating in discussions.
Research also shows that high school students in single-sex classes go against stereotypes. Girls are more likely to study computer science and physics. Boys are more likely to study art and drama.
In a recent survey, 72 percent of students said they had a greater desire to participate in a single-sex classroom than in a mixed classroom.
Some of the nation’s best private schools thrive with single-sex education. It’s time to make this choice more widely available in public schools.
—Kathy Piechura-Couture, Professor of Education, Stetson University, DeLand, Fla.
Boys and girls should not be in separate classes.
When it comes to learning, every student is different. Some kids are more outgoing than others. Some like to move around a lot, and others prefer to sit still. This is true whether you’re a boy or a girl. So it doesn’t make sense to put boys and girls into separate classes.
An article in the journal Science found no proof that separating boys and girls improves grades. In fact, such programs can hurt students by reinforcing harmful stereotypes.
Yes, there are differences between boys and girls. But that doesn’t mean they need separate classrooms. School is where students learn to work with kids who have different interests. Boys and girls need the chance to learn from each other.
Making judgments about learning styles based only on gender limits opportunities for boys and girls alike. What students really need is an education that teaches kids, not stereotypes.
—Galen Sherwin, ACLU Women’s Rights Project
benefits: things that are useful or that help people
participating: taking part
stereotypes: ideas, not necessarily true, that many people have about a particular group or person
reinforcing: making something stronger
gender: male or female