Virginia School Believes in Power of Single-Sex Classrooms

Growing research shows boys and girls are hard wired to learn differently, and therefore do better in single-gender classes.

Virginia School Believes in Power of Single-Sex Classrooms

Growing research shows boys and girls are hard wired to learn differently, and therefore do better in single-gender classes.  

-Carolyn French

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Woodbridge Middle School in Virginia separates boys and girls in an effort to improve learning.

The single-sex classrooms were formed three years ago after teachers noticed a gender gap in test scores. Dr. Leonard Sax, author of Why Gender Matters, claims putting boys and girls in the same learning environment reinforces gender stereotypes.

“The girls end up thinking that abstract number theory is for boys, the boys end up thinking creative writing is for girls.”

According to teacher Meagan Kennedy, reading scores in the all-boy classrooms are up and disciplinary issues are down thanks to the separation. And in Kristen Williams’ all-girl math class, young ladies who were once struggling in coed classes have improved with flying colors. (CNN)

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