The concept of single-sex schools is simple enough on the surface. The idea is gaining some momentum in the millennium. About public schools were single-sex institutions in , according to the National Association for Single Sex Public Schools. But not everyone is pleased by this trend. It has its opponents, while others soundly applaud it. Some arguments on both sides have merit.
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Diane Halpern, a past president of the American Psychological Association, said the basis for single-sex education needed to be re-examined when there was no research to show that boys and girls learn differently. The psychology professor at Claremont McKenna College in California has specialised in sex, gender and cognition for 30 years, and addressed the Australian Psychological Society congress on Wednesday morning. Halpern pointed to a meta-analysis of studies , representing the testing of 1.
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.
Single-sex education is ineffective, misguided and may actually increase gender stereotyping, a paper to be published Friday asserts. The authors are psychologists and neuroscientists from several universities who have researched and written on sex differences and sex roles. The Science article is not based on new research, but rather is a review of existing research and writing. The lead author, Diane F.