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. She is an expert witness in litigation in which the American Civil Liberties Union is challenging single-sex classes — which have been suspended — at a school in Vermilion Parish, La. Arguing that no scientific evidence supports the idea that single-sex schooling results in better academic outcomes, the article calls on the Education Department to rescind its regulations weakening the Title IX prohibition against sex discrimination in education.
Argument for & Against Single Sex Schools
Single-Sex Education Is Ineffective, Report Says - The New York Times
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.
Single-sex schools offer no advantages and feed stereotypes, psychologists told
In recent decades arguments for and against single-sex education have heated up. Many parents realize that the choice between single-gender and coeducational schooling has important implications for the academic, psychological and social development of their kids. While reviews of the literature on the pros and cons of single-sex education show disagreements among researchers and experts, the ongoing conversations can help you better understand what's at stake. According to a article published in "Educational Leadership," many proponents of single-sex education often claim that boys learn less than girls in typical coed environments because they require more visualization and physical movement to learn than do girls.
A few years ago, when I was looking at middle schools for my daughter, I heard about a school that sounded lovely except for one thing: Having reported on a vogue for single-sex classrooms in the nineties, I knew the rationale: But what really brought me up short was imagining how I would explain the policy to my daughter, whose best friends were boys.