Single-gender education creates a spirited dialogue about how the classroom structure should be in the modern school. Instead of integrating them, the National Education Association notes that some experts believe that there should be separation between them instead. Professors David and Myra Sadker from American University published research in that discovered striking levels of unfairness toward each gender in the public school system. The Sadkers discovered that the teachers in Washington, D. This issue even translated into the encouragement for the gentlemen to solve problems by themselves while helping the ladies who got stuck. Their paper was published in The advantages and disadvantages of single gender classrooms do more than negate the patterns of male dominance that might exist in the educational system. It can also help boys and girls find a more successful path to their eventual adult life and career.
Nature vs. nurture
Making the case for single-sex education
Parents in southeast Michigan with sons or daughters nearing middle and high school may be considering that next move. Something to contemplate is a single-gender education at an all-girls school or all-boys school. There are a handful of single-gender school offerings in the region. And while there has been conflicting research and debate over the years as to whether single-sex or co-ed education is better or worse than the other, those who educate within the local schools notice a lot of positives and clear up some common misconceptions about the education option. A big part of the reason many like the idea of single-gender schools is based on the belief that boys and girls learn differently.
Print article. The National Association for Single-Sex Public Education estimates that approximately public schools now offer some form of single-sex education. What is fueling this movement? And what are the risks and benefits of single-sex education? A driving force in the single-sex education movement is recent research showing natural differences in how males and females learn. Putting this research into practice, however, has triggered a debate that extends beyond pure academics. Political, civil rights, socioeconomic and legal concerns also come into play. As the debate heats up, it helps to understand all sides of the issue. How does the general public view single-sex education? To answer that question, Knowledge Networks conducted a nationwide survey in early
Census Bureau , from prekindergarten to senior year of high school, male students outnumber female students significantly in public school classrooms: 54 percent to 46 percent in pre-K and 51 percent to 49 percent from first grade to 12th grade. So with the disproportionate stats in the American classroom, is it beneficial to separate the sexes from each other? Much debate has centered around this topic for years. Jefferson Leadership Academies was in the spotlight in when it became the first public middle school in the United States to have entirely single-gender classes. Its reason? Research showed that girls did better in math and science in all-girl settings. Virginia case involving male-only military college Virginia Military Institute.