The Debate over Single-Sex Schooling
October 13, 2011
A recent paper in the journal Science attacks single-sex education.Â In the article, â€śThe Pseudoscience of Single-Sex Schoolingâ€ť, the authors write that the recent push for sex-segregated education is â€śdeeply misguided, and often justified by weak, cherry-picked, or misconstrued scientific claims rather then by valid scientific evidence.â€ť There are roughly 500 public schools that now offer single-sex classes, a significant increase from a decade ago when there were only a few which worries the paperâ€™s authors. Â But many others see value in single-sex education.Â They point to the differences in the brains and learning styles of boys and girls. Today, weâ€™ll debate the effectiveness of single-sex education.Â Our guests are JANET HYDE, Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and one of the authors of the new paper, and LEONARD SAX, a psychologist, author and founder of the National Association for Single SexÂ Public Education.