February 07, 2007

Sex-Separated Schooling


Thurgood Marshall Elementary School, in Seattle, WA, is one of 250 public schools in the nation now offering single-sex education. No, this doesn't mean their health teachers are homophobic. Single-sex education means that boy students learn in classes with all boy students, and girl students learn in classes with all girl students. Prior to the school's conversion, in 2000, only 10% of boy students had satisfactory reading scores, one of the lowest numbers in the nation. One year into the single-sex experiment, that percentage shot up to 66%. Now, some boy students don't like this setup because there's no little ladies around to awkwardly flirt with. And some feminists don't like this setup, because it suggests that there is truly a pyschological difference between the genders. But, it's hard to argue with results. Looking back, if I had spent less time trying to look cool and make jokes in front of girls in high school, I could be a dentist or something by now.

9 comments:

Justin Elder said...

My freshman year of college I did a study on this and I applaud the school that is doing this. Not only do boys and girl study better in same gender classes because of less distractions, but also because we learn completely differently. For the most part girls learn really well sitting down and getting facts thrown at them, especially in lower grades. Boys have a much less attention span in elementary school and actually learn better when they're able to get up and walk a round every 20 minutes or so. These facts combined with the fact that most elementary school teachers are female are a driving force as to why many young males don't succeed as much as young female students. Now, this is only academically speaking.. I don't know the results of social progress or the correlation to these schools and men who are single and 35....

Sabai said...

yeah, justin, do you know at all when these children would have interaction with the opposite sex?

Justin Elder said...

My guess is not until high school, but remember that through organized sports and neighborhood stuff they'll get some interaction between girls... just no truth or dare on the tire swing!

Sabai said...

so, noone is a proponent of the guys and girls being separated in high school as well? 'cause it's not like kids are dating before high school anyway, so it doesn't really screw up social interactions, no?

Steve said...

Are they learning in separate schools or in separate classes? Because if it is just classes, recess and lunch might provide some interaction between the sexes, as would extracurricular activities once they get older. Heck, most of my socializing in high school was done with people I knew from debate, forensics, school paper, etc. All those I'd assume would still involve kids of both genders.

Anonymous said...

yeah, i say that boys & girls could learn the same with or without sex seperation
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