The promise of single-sex education is a lofty one: Girls who are empowered and unafraid to speak up. Boys who are focused and enthusiastic about learning. Young women entering the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields in larger numbers. Fewer instances of bullying. Academic excellence. Many students of single-sex education sing its praises, crediting their education with building confidence and creating safe spaces for them to learn and question. Professional proponents claim gender-segregated education caters to children’s natural learning styles, keeping them engaged and producing well-rounded adults. But according to a new study(PDF), single-sex education offers no benefits when it comes to academic interest or achievement. So is there still any reason to keep kids segregated by gender?
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