Single-Sex Ed Based on Baloney Science

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By Rivers and Barnett
WeNews commentators
Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Caryl Rivers and Rosalind C. Barnett applaud a Boston school administrator’s decision to back off single-sex education. Too many of these schools, they argue, are based on spurious ideas about boy-girl brain differences that reinforce stereotypes.

(WOMENSENEWS)--Boston school superintendent Carol Johnson has decided to back away from an earlier decision to set up single-sex academies in the city’s schools.

She is taking flak in some quarters, but she should be applauded for taking time to evaluate the data before rushing headlong into a popular but flawed approach to education. (Legal issues in Massachusetts also were a factor in her decision.) More educators around the U.S. should follow her lead.

Single-sex schools are often touted as a magic bullet for what ails American public education. It’s claimed that boys and girls learn very differently–because their brains are so different–and that gender- segregated classrooms are necessary.

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