Single Gender Education
Are Single Gender classes better than traditional co-ed classes?
In 2006, Education Secretary Margaret Spellings eased federal regulations to allow single-sex classrooms and schools, as long as participation is voluntary. Since then, more and more public schools are offering single-sex education as an option. Those in favor of single-sex education cite recent research about differences in the way boys and girls learn. Teaching techniques and activities in single-sex classrooms can be focused to make the most of these differences. Other proponents say students concentrate better without the distraction of members of the opposite sex. Those opposed to single-sex classrooms argue that students need to learn how to work cooperatively with members of the opposite sex. Groups such as the National Organization for Women and the American Civil Liberties Union are critical of single-sex education, contending that it is discriminatory and perpetuates damaging stereotypes.