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Old 01-26-2009, 08:20 AM
 
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I think it is interesting to read about the things different schools are doing in Charlotte to challenge and inspire our kids to learn

Personally, I like segregated classes for boys and girls of middle school age - seems to be working in this school.

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Old 01-26-2009, 11:01 AM
 
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I can't decide how I feel about that. On one hand, if it helps the students to learn more and be more productive, then that's great. On the other hand, I don't know if it really addresses the issue of girls' self-esteem impacting their ability, particularly in math and sciences. It would be great if all students could learn together in an engaging and open way so that when they get into the "real world" boys would be accustomed to the competency of girls, and girls would have the confidence to keep up with the boys; but I guess I'm an idealist!
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Old 01-26-2009, 11:15 AM
 
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My son just missed these classes as he left SCMS to go to PHS but I wish he could have been involved in them. All of the non-attentive issues he had there were to do with girls. He would have been an ideal candidate!! I know girls and boys from these classes and on a personal note they love it. They are only split for math class so they are getting the interaction with each other in other classes.
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Old 01-26-2009, 11:16 AM
 
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Thanks for sharing a very interesting article with us, Loves!!!
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Old 01-26-2009, 11:21 AM
 
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DD (middle school age) read the article in the paper yesterday and I asked her what she thought about the idea. She said that while girls are often distracted by boys (spend a lot of time trying to get their attention, get noticed, talking about boys etc.) and that distraction would be removed, she appreciates the academic diversity of having boys in the classroom as well. She feels that, even at this age, boys are more serious students as compared to girls and she wouldn't want to be in a class with fewer academically minded students...even if they are all girls. She'd rather live with the 'distractions' and keep the academic diversity.

Just one middle schoolers opinion.

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Old 01-26-2009, 12:00 PM
 
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I can't decide how I feel about that. On one hand, if it helps the students to learn more and be more productive, then that's great. On the other hand, I don't know if it really addresses the issue of girls' self-esteem impacting their ability, particularly in math and sciences. It would be great if all students could learn together in an engaging and open way so that when they get into the "real world" boys would be accustomed to the competency of girls, and girls would have the confidence to keep up with the boys; but I guess I'm an idealist!
Single sex classrooms have been a growing trend in the last 10 years, so expect to hear more about this. It really is happening in many places around the country. One example:

Tampa school offers single-gender classes - St. Petersburg Times

There is evidence that addressing the different learning styles of boys and girls at any early age enhances their learning and builds the self confidence they need to succeed later on in school. I am so glad to see a school in Charlotte willing to give it a try!

Interestingly, in the New Orleans area where Catholic schools dominant, they have been segregating boys and girls for over 100 years. Both my parents went to high schools like this. They have told me for years what an advantage they feel it gave them academically - especially coming from families where higher education had not been possible in generations prior to theirs. Something must have worked, they each went on to acheive advanced degrees without a whole lot of support from home.
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