Sex education and the classroom

Andrea Peto Too often in discussions about gender identity the approach taken is extremely narrow. This is further reinforced when the discourse is situated in the context of children. It is therefore unsurprising that when school staff, policy makers and academics come to discus gender identity within the classroom, that transgendered children are usually entirely ignored. What can teachers can do to support such children?

Sex education and the classroom

Single-Sex Education To most Americans, single-sex education seems strange and old-fashioned. Few Americans have had firsthand experience with single-gender education, and fewer still have ever been inside a single-gender public school.

Women and men work together and live together, so shouldn't girls and boys go to school together? The argument in favor of coeducation seems obvious and intuitive. But, as neuroscientist Dr. Joseph LeDoux has written, Sometimes, intuitions are just wrong -- the world seems flat but it is not Things that are obvious are not necessarily true, and many things that are true are not at all obvious.

The strongest arguments for single-sex education are not obvious. Thirty years ago, many educators believed that the best way to ensure equal educational opportunity for girls and boys would be to insist on educating girls and boys in the same classroom.

In fact, the best evidence now suggests that coeducational settings actually reinforce gender stereotypes, whereas single-sex classrooms break down gender stereotypes.

Sex education and the classroom

Girls in single-sex educational settings are more likely to take classes in math, science, and information technology. Boys in single-sex schools are more likely to pursue interests in art, music, drama, and foreign languages.

Both girls and boys have more freedom to explore their own interests and abilities in single-gender classrooms. In recent years, there has been significant press coverage of success stories such as the Thurgood Marshall Elementary School in Seattle, Washington, where an imaginative principal reinvented his school as a gender-separate academy, and -- with no additional funding -- transformed his school, with students' grades and test scores soaring, disciplinary problems vanishing, and everybody's attitude improving.

Sex education and the classroom

These press reports, unfortunately, have often failed to mention the careful preparation and professional development behind these stories. As a result, other educators have sometimes experimented with gender-separate education, simply putting all the girls in one classroom and all the boys in another.

No careful consideration of which teacher is right for which classroom -- because neither the principal nor the teachers understand how girls and boys learn differently, and therefore they have no clue how to determine which teacher is right for which classroom. The results of such poorly-thought-out experiments are not impressive.

We invite you to spend a few minutes to look over the evidencepro and con, regarding single-sex education. We start with some very basic, but often overlooked, facts about girls and boys: The brains of girls and boys differ in important ways.

These differences are genetically programmed and are present at birth. Girls and boys have different learning stylesin part because of those innate, biologically-programmed differences in the way the brain works.

Girls who attend single-sex schools are more likely to participate in competitive sports than are girls at coed schools. Single-sex schools break down gender stereotypes. It's cool to study.

Girls at single-sex schools are more likely to study computer science and technology than are girls at coed schools. Our home page www. Since this site was first launched in Januarythe site as a whole has received overhits from overvisitors.Sex education is the instruction of issues relating to human sexuality, including emotional relations and responsibilities, human sexual anatomy, sexual activity, sexual reproduction, age of consent, reproductive health, reproductive rights, safe sex, birth control and sexual education that covers all of these aspects is known as comprehensive sex education.

Most of the studies comparing single-sex education with coeducation focus on grades and test scores as the parameters of interest. Before we look at those studies, we want you to consider another variable altogether: namely, breadth of educational in all-girls schools are more likely to study subjects such as advanced math, computer science, and physics.

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Too often in discussions about gender identity the approach taken is extremely narrow. The discourse is largely dominated by the cisgendered, binary perspective that there is ‘male’ and that there is ‘female’ – and that both of these are biologically determined, stable categories. Online class and coursework focus on learning development & management in the classroom.

See required courses for the Master of Arts in Special Education. Advocates for Youth champions efforts that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health.

Advocates believes it can best serve the field by boldly advocating for a more positive and realistic approach to adolescent sexual health. Advocates focuses its work on young people ages in the U.S. and around the globe. Single-sex education, also known as single-gender education, is the practice of conducting education with male and female students attending separate classes, perhaps in separate buildings or schools.

The practice was common before the 20th century, particularly in secondary and higher education in many cultures is advocated on the basis of tradition as well as religion.

Single-sex education: the pros and cons