Teaching Boys and Girls Separately
By ELIZABETH WEIL, Published: March 2, 2008, NY Times
On an unseasonably cold day last November in Foley, Ala., Colby Royster and Michael Peterson, two students in William Benders fourth-grade public-school class, informed me that the class corn snake could eat a rat faster than the class boa constrictor.
Bender teaches 26 fourth graders, all boys. Down the hall and around the corner, Michelle Gay teaches 26 fourth-grade girls. The boys like being on their own, they say, because girls dont appreciate their jokes and think boys are too messy, and are also scared of snakes.
The walls of the boys classroom are painted blue, the light bulbs emit a cool white light and the thermostat is set to 69 degrees. In the girls room, by contrast, the walls are yellow, the light bulbs emit a warm yellow light and the temperature is kept six degrees warmer, as per the instructions of Leonard Sax, a family physician turned author and advocate who this May will quit his medical practice to devote himself full time to promoting single-sex public education…
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Posted by Kurma on 9/3/08; 6:15:16 AM