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No Science to Support Single-Sex Education

An article published today in the journal Science argues there is no scientific basis for single-sex schooling.

The authors write,

In attempting to improve schools, it is critical to remember that not all reforms lead to meaningful gains for students. We argue that one change in particular—sex-segregated education—is deeply misguided, and often justified by weak, cherry-picked, or misconstrued scientific claims rather than by valid scientific evidence.

Education Week blogger Sarah Spark spoke with lead author Diane Halpern, a psychology professor at Claremont McKenna College and author of Sex Differences in Cognitive Abilities.

“There are some definite brain differences in boys and girls as children, but there are a lot of overlaps, and there’s absolutely nothing to suggest that they learn differently,” Halpern told me. “The underlying biology of learning is the same…. Really, experience is the chief architect of the brain.”

Do you have any experience with single-sex education?  Do you think there are any circumstances where it’s appropriate?

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