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Old 09-07-2013, 05:50 AM
 
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I find it an excellent idea.
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Old 09-07-2013, 06:02 AM
 
Location: North America
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Standardized test scores are not really a good barometer for stating that single sex class rooms are good or bad.
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Old 09-07-2013, 06:09 AM
 
Location: Sudcaroland
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Maybe a good compromise would be schools open to both sexes, so they would be together at recess, lunch break... But boys and girls would be separated in class. You would still have the social connection, but separated teaching.
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Old 09-07-2013, 06:20 AM
 
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Of course I now realize that I posted on this topic last year.
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Old 09-07-2013, 06:35 AM
 
Location: Finland
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I wouldn't send my child to a single-sex school. Even if kids do better academically its not what I would want for my child and if she's smart she'll do well regardless (don't think they would even have single sex schools here anyway, kinda goes against the whole equality thing they're so focused on here)
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Old 09-07-2013, 07:19 AM
 
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Maybe a good compromise would be schools open to both sexes, so they would be together at recess, lunch break... But boys and girls would be separated in class. You would still have the social connection, but separated teaching.
That wouldn't end up well.
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Old 09-07-2013, 07:54 AM
 
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That wouldn't end up well.
You really wouldn't have much option otherwise though. Unless the school is private, a public school would by law have to have situations like that.
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Old 09-07-2013, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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No, I wouldn't. But I respect the feelings of parents who would, and I think they ought to have a single-sex option available to them.

I don't think any of the opinions I've seen above, toward either side, are particularly compelling. But some are downright stupid. In any case, schools, if mandatory, should not at the same time be an assembly line for turning out an endless series of identical products whose design is beyond the control of the parents or the general public.

Here's what school is like. Imagine a factory that makes widgets from a mold. Some molds have plastic poured into them,some rubber, some iron, some gold, and some mashed potatoes. It is expected that every product at the end of the assembly line will still be a useful widget. But most of them will just be paperweights.

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Old 09-07-2013, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Reference to my slightly off-topic remark above, I just happened to have run across this video later on, which addresses more broadly what this topic references,

The future of learning in a networked society. [VIDEO]

It's longish, but you will get the idea in the first couple of minutes.

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Old 09-07-2013, 02:15 PM
 
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That wouldn't end up well.
Actually, it has ended up well in the pilot studies in Florida

NASSPE: Research > Single-Sex vs. Coed: The Evidence

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Researchers at Stetson University in Florida completed a three-year pilot project comparing single-sex classrooms with coed classrooms at Woodward Avenue Elementary School, a nearby neighborhood public school.

2013 update: After extensive interviews with the teachers, the Stetson researchers believe that the coed classrooms are catching up because the teachers are learning how to deploy the strategies learned in the single-gender classrooms in coed classrooms.

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