In his eyes the problem was not the children but the schools' failure to understand that girls and boys and their brains, eyes, ears and noses were not the same. They developed differently, he argued, so schools should 'stop being gender blind' and teach them separately. Now the debate around single-sex schools is coming to the UK. Experts, including one of Sax's greatest critics, will gather in Berkshire this week to do battle over one of the most complex questions facing education. Some will take up Sax's arguments and call for more of Britain's schools to teach boys and girls apart.
SINGLE-SEX CLASSROOMS - BENEFICAL OR HARMFUL?
Our boys and girls are taught in single-sex classes at key stages of their education, prior to entering our co-educational Sixth Form. Until then, the boys and girls share the same classrooms and the same teachers: just not at the same time! At age 4, boys and girls are taught together in the Pre-Preparatory School. Boys and girls are taught separately from age 7 to 11 in the Preparatory School and also from age 11 to 16 in the Senior School, before joining co-educational classes at 16 for Sixth Form study. Unlike in single-sex schools, boys and girls at Forest spend time together during break, at lunchtime and after school using the same playgrounds, fields, libraries, social areas, tuck shops, dining hall, buses to school, and engaging in co-educational co-curricular activities such as drama, music, clubs and societies, trips and meetings. Forest has been a diamond structure school for over 40 years.
3 Advantages of Single-Sex Schools
This book is an essential resource for educators who are teaching or leading schools with single-gender classes, whether they're in public, private, or Catholic schools. It is a "soup-to-nuts" guide, covering everything from curriculum planning and classroom design to school policies and parent-teacher communication. Whether contemplating this new educational trend, or already working within one of the 12, single-gender schools, this practical guide shows educators how they can make the most of a unique educational opportunity. Positioned at the forefront of brain-based learning, Michael Gurian's work translates and distills the latest scientific research into key points which can be immediately integrated into an educator's existing practice.
Are you wondering about whether to send your children to single sex schools? Will they miss out by not having a mixed-gender education, or will they do better? There are a number of strong opinions on either side of the debate on which type of education is better. It really depends on the individual family and child. Looking for after-school child care?