Va. middle school will pilot single-gender classes

06/17/2010 | Washington Post, The

A Virginia middle school will test a program in the fall that offers single-gender classes in core subjects for students in grades 6-8. More than 500 schools nationwide -- including many private schools -- have single-gender offerings, according to a national group. Proponents of the single-sex education say it helps students succeed by removing distractions and boosting their confidence, but critics argue that it fosters gender-based stereotypes.

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