July 9th, 2012
01:55 PM ET

Are single-sex classrooms better?

Single-sex education programs have been dropped in some states under pressure from the American Civil Liberties Union, which says they can violate the constitution. Some say single-sex classes can be better for kids, though.

CNN education contributor Steve Perry says parents should be able to choose whether single-sex programs work for their kids. In mixed-sex classrooms, boys are sometimes maligned for "just being boys," he said, and girls aren't encouraged to pursue hard sciences. He often directs students toward single-sex colleges, he said.

"If it works and has worked for so many generations, then we can't look past the facts," Perry said. "Do I know if it is, in and of itself, inherently better? No, I do not. But I do support it as an opportunity, as a method."

What do you think? Tell us in the comments: Are single-sex classrooms better or worse for kids? What about for college students? What are your experiences with single-sex education?

soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Flamespeak

    Every time this has been researched the results have been fundamentally the same. It doesn't effect childhood learning patterns on the whole, despite the seperation. It also doesn't have a negative effect on social interaction on the whole either as most cla sses don't have a lot of interaction among students in the first place.

    July 10, 2012 at 1:04 am |
  2. Believer of _Informed_ Choice

    Choice is helpful, but it is more helpful when it is informed. Other than just someone's personal feeling on the subject, I'd like to see actual studies done that statistically show that they are better or worse.

    July 9, 2012 at 9:27 pm |
  3. just saying

    This idea would be a luxery and will not matters if Romney is elected since there there will be no budget for schools or decent teachers.

    July 9, 2012 at 7:34 pm |
  4. A Reasoner

    Every state should pass the Defense of Education Act, which defines education as between one boy and one girl, the way god intended.

    July 9, 2012 at 5:57 pm |