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The Truth About Girls and BoysChallenging Toxic Stereotypes About Our Children$
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Caryl Rivers and Rosalind Barnett

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231151634

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231151634.001.0001

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Single-Sex Education, Pros and Cons

Single-Sex Education, Pros and Cons

(p.163) 10 Single-Sex Education, Pros and Cons
The Truth About Girls and Boys

Caryl Rivers

Rosalind C. Barnett

Columbia University Press

This chapter discusses how single-sex education is being deemed as a solution to the high attrition rates in U.S. public schools. Black and Hispanic students perform worse than whites; and students from under-resourced urban school districts perform worse than children from affluent suburban school districts. A number of self-styled educational gurus propose the separation of girls and boys and teaching them according to “their brains” to improve student performance, despite the gender gap being much smaller than racial and social class differences. The study Is Single Gender Schooling Viable in the Public Sector? Lessons From California's Pilot Project recognized that the single-sex setting eliminated social distractions and allowed for better concentration on academics. However, these benefits were undermined since gender stereotypes were often reinforced and stereotypical behaviors were worsened.

Keywords:   single-sex education, urban school districts, suburban school districts, gender stereotypes, stereotypical behaviors

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