Diana Meehan, author of Learning Like a Girl: Educating Our Daughters in Schools of Their Own, argues that teaching is easier and more effective in a single-sex school. Co-founder of the Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles, Meehan says girls and boys have different learning styles and needs and are best taught in environments where those differences can be honored and built on. “Dedicated, committed teachers develop techniques to reach both male and female students, if provided the circumstances, the resources, and the encouragement to do so,” Meehan said.
What do you think? Should schools be separated by sex? Should coed teachers teach to boys and girls differently?
A version of this news article first appeared in the Teacher Talkback blog.