Pros and Cons to Single-Sex Schools

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Single-sex Schools In the 1990s, there were a mere 2 single-sex schools present in the United States due to legal restrictions placed on sex-segregation facilities; however, as laws — the No Child Left Behind Act, Breckenridge ruling, and the Wood County ruling — have allowed for single-gender educational facilities, this number has risen to approximately 500 schools (Lewin; NASSPE: Legal). Popularity of single-gender schools stems from the academic success of their students as show by their test scores and proficiency scores. Biologically, males and females differ in development; therefore, they also require differing methods of teaching. Although critics say that differences in brain development between males and females are …show more content…
Tom Carroll, the creator of Brighter Choice Charter Schools, in support of this proposition states that the key to success in education “ is to eliminate social distraction” which in elementary students he describes as “goofiness” and in older generations as “ the hormonal issues of attraction and sex and boys and girls being impressed with each other”(Meyer). Single-gender schools remove the mentioned hormonal issues and allow teachers and students to both focus on the subject without the usual distraction and complications that arise when both genders are present. In this way, students perform better when segregated by genders and achieve higher proficiency in subjects. Critics often accuse single-sex education of reinforcing gender stereotypes; however, single-sex schools breakdown gender stereotypes by eliminating both gender intensification and gender gaps. Without the pressures and standards of genders present in coeducational institutions, single-sex schools allow students to explore their skills and interests. Research regarding interest in school subjects of the different genders conducted in 1990, demonstrates the gender-typical preferences of subjects between coeducational and single-sex facilities (Sax). Boys in coeducational schools tended to prefer masculine subjects such as math and science and disliked feminine subjects such as
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