New Report Questions Value of Single-Sex Schooling

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

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A new study in Science Magazine is calling into question the logic behind single-sex schooling. The report, "The Pseudoscience of Single-Sex Schooling," says that single-sex education is "justified by weak, cherry-picked, or misconstrued scientific claims rather than by valid scientific evidence." This has stirred up controversy amongst same-sex education advocates.

Dr. Lise Eliot, a neuroscience professor at Rosalind Franklin University, author of "Pink Brain, Blue Brain: How Small Differences Grow Into Troublesome Gaps and What We Can Do About It," and co-author of the study, speaks about her findings.

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Meg from New York City

I was a little disappointed in Dr. Eliot's critique of single-sex education. She seemed to reduce the proposed benefits to limiting the distractions of sex-crazed teenagers. I always understood the benefits to young women to be more related (particularly in the sciences) to be more related to not being dominated by the young men in the classroom, who tend to assert themselves in more aggressive ways requiring girls to pull back. Many women who have attended all-women colleges cite this as one of the real benefits of their single-sex education--Sec. of State Clinton being one of them.

Sep. 27 2011 08:49 AM

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