Census Bureaufrom 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.
Single-sex education, common in the United States until the 19th century, when it fell into deep disfavor except in private or parochial schools, is on the rise again in public schools as educators seek ways to improve academic performance, especially among the poor. Here at Charles Drew Elementary School outside Fort Lauderdale, about a quarter of the classes are segregated by sex on the theory that differences between boys and girls can affect how they learn and behave. Flowers, principal of Charles Drew, one of several public schools in Broward County that offer some single-sex classes.
Diversity and Inclusion Science. Social and Emotional Development. Research shows no difference in academic achievement between single-sex and coeducational schooling.
A lot of research has shown that single-sex schools have a great deal of advantages. For example, on the whole, girls and boys who are educated in single-sex schools gain more confidence than their coed peers. In addition, they make academic gains above those in co-ed schools. They also learn to gravitate towards untraditional areas that are not always accepted for their gender.
Tech Girls Rock is an initiative that aims to inspire tween and teen girls to discover an interest in technology and consider tech-related educational opportunities and careers. With all the talk about the gender gap between boys and girls in math and science classes, and later on in STEM careers, it can be challenging to choose a school that sets girls up for success in both their future work and in life. The roots of the gender gap run deep and are often systemic, from a lack of role models for girls, to boys but not girls being encouraged to speak up in class and solve problems on their own.
Do students really learn better when separated by gender? New research indicates that they do not. Study results released this week by the American Psychological Association found that students do not perform better in math, science or verbal subjects when they attend single-sex schoolsor single-sex classes within coeducational schools.
Michael Napolitano speaks to his fifth-grade class in the Morrisania section of the Bronx like a basketball coach. About being the bright shining star that you are? They are not just two teachers with different personalities.
Anica G. This study utilized a mixed-methods approach to holistically examine single-sex and coeducational urban elementary mathematics classes through situated cognitive theory. Findings demonstrate that African American girls made more math achievement gains in single-sex classrooms; single-sex classrooms might mitigate math academic stereotypes for students and teachers; and that important contextual factors play a role in these outcomes.
Whatever you choose to call it—single-sex, single-gender, or gender-isolated—an all-boys or all-girls school education can be an ideal learning situation for some children. And private schools are not the only avenues for single-sex learning environments, as there are about entirely single-sex public schools. Some children thrive in a single-sex school.