Saturday, February 13, 2010

Gender Separation?

By now, I am hoping many of you have read my post about my
love-struck freshmen boys
who are now working great and whose grades are improving now that a certain little 14 year old heart throb has withdrawn from my class. One thing my daughter and I were discussing tonight over several glasses of wine is whether or not this situation might make a good case for gender separation in core classes at certain age levels. I'm thinking maybe 7th, 8th, and 9th grade?

I've always noticed a huge difference between 9th and 10th grade boys and sometimes you start seeing more maturity during the second semester of the freshmen year for some boys. So I think the 10th grade year might be a good time to end the separation.

Might it be the case that both sexes could learn better if separated into gender groups? I don't know the answer, but we were enjoying kicking the idea around for awhile. What do you all think?


Ricochet said...

I teach Juniors and Seniors (17-19) and THEY would benefit from gender separation.
Several of my boys are going through farting (One and a half, Ms. Ricochet. One and a half)spells. How about yours?

Shireen Dadmehr said...

I definitely agree that separating the sexes could be a good thing - less hormonal distraction. Here's a link to Texas public schools that are doing that:

Ms. Cookie

Theresa Milstein said...

That idea has been kicked around over the years, and I was always against it. That is, until I read your post. I have to confess that I've been thinking that it may calm the boys down A LOT. But then I thought about an entire room of eighth-grade boys, and that scared me half to death.

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