Old Tactic Gets New Use: Public Schools Separate Girls and Boys

In this article posted by New York Times, it talks about the Florida schools segregating students based on gender. The article talks about this practice being common in the 19th century but not presently. The article has two opposing view points on how these gender separations are beneficial as well as detrimental to the learning environment. The opposing viewpoint comes from the ACLU who has concerns about gender segregation that negatively impacts the kids because of stereotyping.

In response to the ACLU lawsuits, administration has stated:

“Schools may set up such classes if they can provide evidence that the structure will improve academics or discipline in a way that coeducational measures cannot. Students must have a coeducational alternative, and families must volunteer to place their children in all-boys or all-girls classes.

But the guidance says that ‘evidence of general biological differences is not sufficient to allow teachers to select different teaching methods or strategies for boys and girls'”

The Florida schools have reportedly done well with the gender separation and it has shown to have increased its standardized testing scores.

Something that I would want this article to talk about is the comparison of 19th century gender segregation where gender stereotypes would be reinforced as opposed to present time where the same curriculum would be taught to all students.

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One thought on “Old Tactic Gets New Use: Public Schools Separate Girls and Boys

  1. Fascinating– how we learn (and not learn) from the Past. Education is always such a hot topic — everybody’s an expert, because everybody’s been to school. And everyone has an opinion about gender differences!

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