life beyond the well…

Girls will be Girls and Boys will be Boys…


…in separate classrooms. This article talks about the growing trend of same-sex classrooms, and outlines some of the arguments for and against it.

I saw the same sex classrooms at work while doing a summer program with the Sunflower County Freedom Project. At first I was uncertain as to how well it would work, but it worked very well, particularly with the middle-school aged students that we were working with. As we all know, the adolescent/pre-teen/early teen age group is one that is just a bundle of emotions with hormones in overdrive. In my opinion, having the students separated allowed them to focus more on their work, and not trying to impress their boyfriend/girlfriend/prospective boopiece while in class. After seeing it in action, I was very impressed, and I would definitely support it in other classroom settings (ie: the public school arena).

So, what do y’all think? How would you feel about same-sex classrooms?


Author: erin.almond

God-chaser. NC native, now planted in Jacksonville, FL. Happily married to a handsome church-planting pastor. I am easily excited by Jesus, education, cupcakes, Moleskine notebooks, and Pepsi. Overwhelmed by God's amazing grace, undeserving of His love and mercy.

4 thoughts on “Girls will be Girls and Boys will be Boys…

  1. I really do believe I would have excelled much better than I did – especially in middle school – had I had a same sex education.

  2. strange as it sounds, i think people overemphasize the educational part of school. school might be more important for teaching people how to navigate through social dynamics than for teaching kids different bits of information. even though pre-teens are hormonal train wrecks, they need to learn to deal with the opposite sex in a civil manner. because of that, i wonder of less interaction is a serious problem.

    (see, better friend than sherrell.)

  3. i agree that a lot of learning that takes place in school isn’t academic in nature, but there are other settings where the students will learn how to interact with people of the opposite sex. with the program i worked with, the students only had same-sex classes for their core academic classes (reading, math, etc), and then their other classes (media production, public speaking, college prep) they were all together. there were still the usual middle school issues, but i think that academically, they were MUCH more focused in their core classes than in their other classes. but that’s just me. i think part of it might depend on the environment and the students that are involved. i can imagine there being some resistance, though.

  4. that’s interesting. i think school could do a better job of
    teaching people how to navigate through social dynamics, but how do you do that? as similar as people are, people are different. and i’m not sure that you can really predict which social situations folks will experience and thus can’t really teach them how to navigate through situations that they may or may not encounter. i had a northern urban public education, which taught me very little about how to deal with folks at UNC – black or white, urban or rural. i’ve since lived in southern Africa, the midwest, and now, the west. i’m not really sure that a singular education experience could have taught me how to deal with the social dynamics that i’ve encountered.

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