Single Sex Classes

April 19, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A lot more schools are separating boys from girls and the practice may come soon to a public school near you.The number of single sex schools in the U.S. is up to 540 now, up from just 11 in 2001.

Administrators said test scores go up, and disciplinary problems go down.

They said girls don't talk over other people as often as boys, so when they're isolated, they participate more.

And boys said they don't have the distractions they have when girls are around.

But critics said the kids might learn more from books, but not about socializing.

Kim Gandy of the National Organization for Women President said, "Boys who are in an all-male learning atmosphere do have sexist and stereotyped, or more sexist and stereotyped, attitudes about girls."

The number of single sex schools is growing now because laws that prohibited separation in public schools have recently been relaxed.

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