The opportunity for single-sex education should be
made more accessible in the United States so parents
can give their children an environment that increases
focus for more effective learning, open exploration of
more subjects, to enforce a more positive attitude
about education, and increase self-confidence in
• Single-sex education is on the rise in the U.S. since 2002
• Boys and girls learn, develop, and behave differently
• One size does not fit all when it comes to education
Boys VS Girls
• Boys have more gray matter in their brain = less
sensitivity and more focus
• Girls have more white matter in their brain= easier
transitions of tasks and more capable of multi-
• Each gender processes hormones differently
• Even before birth female and male brains are
• Women have verbal centers in both hemispheres of
• Men have verbal centers only in the left hemisphere
of the brain
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Pros of Single-sex schools
• Easier to focus
• Breaks down gender stereotypes
• Students more involved in school activities
• Less drama and trouble
• Fewer absences
• Better organization
• Higher test scores
• Increased confidence
• More likely to continue to college and beyond
• Fewer diagnosis of ADHD and ESE
Theories against Single-sex schools
• Fear of gender discrimination-This is not discrimination and is not
illegal. It is teaching in accordance to gender strengths.
• Inability to interact with the opposite sex-Students can be involved
outside of the classroom with the opposite sex via social
media, community events, shopping, travelling, visiting friends and
• Other contributing factors to single-sex school successes besides gender
separation-Involving new curricula specific to that genders strength.
Of course other factors should be considered.
• Increased gender stereotyping-False. Students are more involved and
gain more confidence in single-sex schools since they can explore more
courses without feeling judged.
• Lack of research-Research is continuing, data is collected from schools
that have already switched, other countries, and other factors like
race, socioeconomics, type of school public/private are all variables
• Lack of school funding to implement program and train teachers-This
continues to be an issue in an already struggling education budget. In
America, increased test scores and attendance increases school district
In conclusion there are far greater reasons than
not to at least give parents the option to decide
which environment is best suited for their child.
Single-sex schools are not for every student but
neither is a coed school. Students are all unique
their education should be as well.
“One size does not fit
-Dr. Leonard Sax
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