Boys, girls play, learn separately
So is a boys-only or girls-only environment more conducive to learning? One of my co-workers points out that although distractions might be minimized, separating the male and female students might rob them of valuable chances to begin socialization with the opposite sex.
And as RES teacher Sheila Stepp notes, the students might benefit from mixed classes because of peer tutoring. As boys learn more with hands-on activities and girls more by discussion, Stepp said, the students may miss opportunities to grow in their weak points.