In single-sex classes, girls become more confident…Usually in class, girls are quiet because boys are loud as can be. Trying to behave, girls will keep quiet while boys chat and the teacher tries to calm them down. Girls will generally get less attention because it is just a boy’s personality to say whatever is on his mind – including calling out the answer or talking to another classmate whenever they wish.”
I’ve seen this…even though I am extra conscious of this practice in my own classes due to the fact that my daughters complain bitterly about how this has ruined so many of their classes.
The teacher will also be able to focus on things the boys need to work on, not girls. Since girls mature faster, boys tend to get behind, lose things and misbehave more often. By creating single sex classes, boys’ school life will become more productive and they will get the help they need, and girls can get along with the education they are clearly ready for.
She has a point. How often do the girls in my class forget their stuff? Once in a blue moon. How often do the boys? There is at least one every day. I do not stop the class until the errant fellow returns with his notebook, binder, etc., but I can imagine that this happens and that Rachel is right!
Finally, some teachers tend to move along when girls get a wrong answer. But when boys get a wrong answer teachers are more likely to explain what they did wrong and how to do it right.. Teachers don’t realize what they are doing, and it turns into a habit. This is one reason why girls sometimes struggle in school.
This one really gave me pause…do I do this without even realizing it?!
There are lots of important issues raised in Rachel’s letter to think about. So much of what we do is so automatic, sometimes we need a jolt like this to press the pause button, rewind a few weeks, and search for moments like the above… we DO want our girls to become more confident, we want to acknowledge their maturity and their abililty to stay on task, and we want to make sure their questions and misunderstandings are given equal time. Are we doing enough to ensure that we’re doing so? Rachel, apparently, doesn’t believe this…