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The Pseudoscience of Single-Sex Schooling

Science  23 Sep 2011:
Vol. 333, Issue 6050, pp. 1706-1707
DOI: 10.1126/science.1205031

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Summary

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. There is no well-designed research showing that single-sex (SS) education improves students' academic performance, but there is evidence that sex segregation increases gender stereotyping and legitimizes institutional sexism.

  • * All authors are founders and uncompensated board members of the nonprofit American Council for CoEducational Schooling (www.coedschools.org).

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