March 4th, 2008

WATCH: Separate Classrooms

Should boys and girls be taught differently? Some say separating children by gender allows both boys and girls to learn more and that it’s no different than separating children by age. Others, however, say it’s the equivalent of racial segregation and is therefore unconstitutional.

Meet some of the kids, boys and girls at Bailey Bridge Middle School in Midlothian, Virginia. Find out what happened when a computer glitch in the fall led to single sex classes. The school year’s almost over, and the results are coming in.

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Grade Level Reading Fund of the Tides Foundation, The Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

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I think it could work for some children. I believe its a great idea and may be there should be more research on it.

The ACLU is always looking for a fight. I think single sex classes are perfect for kids going through puberty and maybe in high school as well. Girls aren’t worried about competing with other girls for attention from boys and boys aren’t worried about impressing girls. It cuts through the awkwardness of budding hormones. They can still see each other, but during lunch time, before school and after school. But during school it should be about focusing and paying attention to your school work.

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