Attorney Steven Book said that while the district "does not necessarily agree with ACLU's legal analysis or conclusions regarding research on this topic," it saw no choice but to give in. The French class feels like going home—she's been studying French for years now. It said black and Hispanic boys may be failing but that race and class play a bigger a role than gender.
Compared with a teenager in Germany, a teenager in the United States is about how likely to be diagnosed with bipolar disorder? Most Popular. The school's executive director, Michelle Starkey, said its score on the state's Academic Performance Index has increased points in three years, but it's hard to know how much is attributable to single-gender instruction because the school also has small class sizes and extra services on campus.
The noise level rose considerably when they took out their encyclopedias, but most stayed rooted to their chairs.
To Battle Creek teacher Stephanie Drowone key benefit of separating boys and girls is that "they act more age-appropriate. Therefore, he told them, some of them would have to learn trumpet. Take those girls and boys away from each other, however, and see what happens: in the single-sex classroom, it's cool to play the trumpet.
It's unclear how many single-sex public schools exist, but estimates from several advocates and opponents fall between 80 andup from a handful 15 years ago. What teenager will choose to risk embarrassment doing something unfamiliar, when presented with the chance to do something she knows she can do well?
Horace Mann principal Linda Nance said she saw the gap shrink between higher-scoring girls and boys on the English portion of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills tests after starting single-sex classes in English for seventh-graders a few years ago.
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Increasing attention is being paid to the fact that public schools are failing many boys, whose active behavior often causes them to be labeled as problems or even learning disabled. The ACLU claims that offering single-gender classrooms and gender-specific teaching strategies is discrimination. One year when kids divided their days between co-ed and single-sex classes, "They would think it was party time in the co-ed classes , because they got to socialize with the opposite gender," Sims said.
The year-old public alternative school, which has separate classes for boys and girls, is the only single-gender public school in the Bay Area. Two-thirds of special educational students are male.