According to the National Association for Single Sex Education, there were only about twelve single-gender classrooms in 2002. However, ten years later, in 2012, there were more than 500 public schools that offered single sex classrooms in the United States of America. Single sex education is quickly taking over as the new ‘norm’ in education. However, separating males and females leads to gender stereotypes and inequality between women and men. Even though some students perform better in single-sex academic settings, the vast majority would be served in a mixed gender school.
In June 1972, President Richard Nixon passed Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination in educational programs that receive federal funding. Many believed that the passing of this would ease tension between male and females and create a peaceful education. However, recently, the rise of single sex education is taking over and causing a reinterpretation of Title IX (“Update: Single-Sex Education”). Leonard Sax elaborates on the idea by saying
“One unintended consequence of title IX, however, was the defacto elimination of single sex education as an option in American public schools. One of the regulations implementing Title IX specifically stated that now public school should “provide any course or otherwise carry out any of its education program or activity separately on the basis of sex” that would seem to outlaw any form of single sex education in public schools.”
It is not fair for people who cannot afford a private education to be denied the option of co-ed schooling or single sex schooling. Males and females differ in many ways and sometime the public school education provided is not always what is best for the student. Education preferences should be based on how the student learns, not what the student can afford.
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