Anderson: A major thread running through the book is that so many people—educators, parents, activists, and politicians—strongly believe in the potential of single-sex education to unleash academic excellence, while the evidence supporting this claim is sparse and insufficient. Williams: It will be interesting to see how single-sex schools address the issue of gender diversity moving forward. In , an exhaustive review found no significant proven advantages of single-sex schooling over coeducation, either for boys or for girls. A co-sponsor of the provision allowing school districts to use grants for same-sex schools and classrooms was former New York Senator Hillary Clinton, who cast single-sex education as furthering public-school choice. We want to hear what you think about this article. But the real story lies in the overwhelming number of single-sex initiatives that have failed to produce positive results. Williams: Many officials, including then Senator Hillary Clinton, saw single-sex public education as a promising reform strategy. Board of Education and keep black boys from being in classrooms with white girls is an interesting tidbit. My book takes a look at the arguments driving interest in single-sex public education, as well as the results.
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