Published Online: November 21, 2006

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Effectiveness of Single-Sex Classes Questioned

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Less than a month after the U.S. Department of Education affirmed the legality of single-sex education in public schools, a report says that proof of the benefits of single-sex classes is insubstantial.

Some common reasons given to promote single-sex classrooms are to increase the enrollment of girls in courses they might otherwise avoid; to improve girls’ self-esteem; and to reduce distractions for all students. But according to Gerald W. Bracey, the independent researcher who produced the analysis for the Education Policy Research Unit at Arizona State University, in Tempe, any studies that have proven such results do not hold up under review.

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