Single-Sex Education October Contents: While there has been considerable furor in both public and educational spheres concerning existing and proposed single-sex schools during the past decade, somewhat less controversy has arisen over single-sex classes within mixed-sex schools. However, for a variety of reasons, a number of schools have begun to consider or experiment with single-sex classes. Not so very long ago single-sex classes in coeducational schools were considered to be an appropriate educative aspect of K—12 learning environments.
History of Single Sex Education | K12 Academics
Single-sex education refers to both classes and schools that have only one sex, defined by a biological classification. At the same time, issues of educational equity, whether based in gender, ethnicity, or social class, have been associated with a pushback against coeducation. Many comparisons have been made in many countries to test whether there is an advantage to one gender context or another, yet the conclusions remain under dispute. Outcomes most frequently assessed are mathematics, science, and verbal performance and attitudes; educational aspirations; gender stereotyping; and self-concept. In the United States, single-sex public options, whether in one classroom or in an entire school, have increased as a result in changes in federal education regulations. Those same regulations, which preclude random assignment, make it difficult to make an appropriate comparison of the outcomes in relation to different gender contexts. Major areas of contention are that in many cases, the single-sex class or school may be different in ways that go beyond gender, and that the students and their families who choose a single-sex option may vary in crucial ways, such as having a higher- than-average commitment to education.
History of Single Sex Education
To print the story please do so via the link in the story toolbar. Over the past few centuries, single-gender education was largely the norm, and, indeed, in America prior to the 19th century, single-gender schooling was widely seen even up to the collegiate levels. Originally, in colonial America, males were the only ones that had widespread access to schooling, even though in many parts of the country, organized schooling was not available for most children.
Once the educational norm, single-sex schooling largely disappeared in the United States by the end of the twentieth century. Boys only attended Boston Latin, the first school founded in the United States The nation's first public schools, founded shortly thereafter, also admitted only boys. Girls of means could attend informal "Dames schools," but their curricula focused mainly on manners and morals rather than literacy. In some locations, especially New England , teachers offered summer school for girls or taught their female pupils before or after regular school hours.