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Single-Sex Classrooms: Coming Soon to Your Local Public School

Are single-sex classrooms a step backward or a wise return to tradition?

Questions to Ask Your Local Public School Administrator or Principal


  • Why did you decide to implement single-sex classes at this school?
  • What is your philosophy regarding single-sex instruction?
  • What types of professional development did your teaching staff receive prior to implementing the single-sex classes? (This is the BIG one. Most schools don't bother to train their teachers for this very different kind of classroom environment.)
  • Will the all-boys and all-girls classes have the same resources? Curriculum? If yes, then what will be different about the single-sex classes?

The answers to these questions will go a long way toward revealing to you just what your local school has in mind by implementing single-sex classes, and whether it is the appropriate place for your child.


Useful websites:

An educator for nearly 20 years, Emily Arms' latest publication is "Gender Equity in Coeducational and Single-Sex Classrooms" in S. Klein (Ed.) "Handbook for Achieving Gender Equity through Education," published in Spring 2007 by Lawrence Erlbaum. She can be reached at www.emilyarms.com.
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