In 2002, there use to be only 11 single-sex schools, but now there are about 547 single-gender classes. Out of those 547 single-sex classrooms there are about 91 single-sex schools (Meyer). In Denver, Colorado a school was approved to open called Girls Athletic Leadership School (GALS). GALS will be a school that includes sixth and seventh graders and soon eighth through twelfth graders (Meyers). Founder of the school, Elizabeth Wolfson says that “By separating them out, we can work on the girl-to-girl piece.” The program GALS is to help promote the girls health and wellness. Bridget Ambler is excited for her daughter to learn in a single-sex classroom. Bridget says “Studies have show that girls in middle school will immediately back down in math and science when a boy raises his hand.” Some Organization advise against single-sex schools, because separation does not help get boys and girls ready for the real world (Meyer).
Rosemary Salomone is a professor at St. John’s University School of Law, and she wrote the article “Rights and Wrong in the Debate over Single-sex Schooling” which was published in the Boston University Law Review, which says that in the United States elementary schools always had boys and girls share the same classroom (973). Single-Sex schools starting showing up in the seventies. Colleges separated boys and girls. Colleges like Princeton, Yale, and Harvard were only offered to boys, and the girl colleges were not supported financially enough and did not did meet the girls learning needs (Salomone 974).
Having boys and girls in separate class rooms can be expensive. Leonard Sax a American psychologist and family physician says that it would be a bad idea to start up single sex schools because of the cost (...
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...to girls that want to be in a career that is considered for boys. Girls tend to speak up less when boys are in the class room, especially in classes like math or science (Cherney and Campbell). Girls feel more comfortable around their own gender, and they feel more comfortable speaking up in class. Girls in single-sex classrooms tend to have higher self-esteem (Cherney and Campbell). Salomone says that girls perform better in class without boys. Girls who are in a single-sex school were more likely to show up to class everyday (Salomone). In single-sex schools there is less competition, and the girls feel more obligated to participate in class. Girls and boys in single-sex schools participate in class more.
Boys and girls in coeducation classrooms can be distracting to the learning process.
Boys and girls learning in separate classrooms puts less pressure on them.