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Single-Gender Classes A Growing Trend

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Saturday, September 1, 2007

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 09/01/07

I’ve been teaching for 12 years, and I’ve noticed how boys struggle,” said Rita-Renée Hunter-Graham, an English teacher at B.E.S.T., who lets her students jump around and dance during “brain breaks.” “I understand … how difficult it is for boys to sit still.”

Research on the benefits of single-gender schooling isn’t conclusive, but many practitioners say it works. Scott Phillipps, an academic dean at The Walker School in Marietta — where girls and boys have been taking middle school math classes separately for 15 years — has been studying the differences between high schoolers who took the single-gender classes and those who did not. He said he’s found small but significant advantages in test scores for girls who took math without boys.

“The problem is that I think a lot of schools are looking at these kinds of things as a panacea, and this alone is not going to solve our education problems,” Phillipps said. “But I think it can be part of a solution.”

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