Single Sex Schools : Primary Schools

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Single-sex schools, specifically primary schools, are more beneficial to students because they facilitate higher test scores, superior academic outcomes, and greater engagement in school activities. Parents and educators have debated since the early nineteenth century whether to educate students in single-sex or co-ed schools. Currents studies have shown that single-sex schools achieve higher in academic success. Students with higher academic success become adults with a brighter future that can benefit society. The idea of segregating students by gender in the U.S. today creates controversy, but it was once believed that children learn better without the opposite gender in the classroom. In the late 60s and early 70s there were certain classes for the female students, such as home economics and sex education; but also certain classes for male students such as shop and physical education. Title IX (established in 1972) prohibited all schools financed by the government of gender discrimination. The No Child Left Behind Act put a twist in Title IX, single-sex classes were brought back in public school but the other sex was also allowed to take them. In the nineteenth century, many people believed that sharing a classroom with students of the opposite gender would distract from their lessons and single-sex schools became the most common schools across the U.S. By the twentieth century parents became more open to having both genders in the classroom together and most public
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