State Considers Single Gender Classroom Pilot Program

By  //  March 27, 2014

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Pilot Project Would Be in Designated Districts for Two Years

ABOVE VIDEO: The Florida Current reports on a charter school that is reporting better results from a single gender classroom program.

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA — A Florida House Bill proposal (HB 313), by Rep. Manny Diaz, Jr., R-Hialeah,
seeks to start a pilot program that would lead to some elementary-school students being separated into boys-only and girls-only classes.

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Rep. Diaz

Rep. Diaz Jr. told the Orlando Sentinel that the aim of the bill approved by the House’s choice and innovation subcommittee is to encourage districts to offer more of the single gender classroom settings. Under the bill, genders would mix at lunch and between classes. Proponents of the bill point toward Florida charter schools such as C.K. Steele-Leroy Collins Charter School, which have enjoyed improved classroom performance.

Opponents of the bill, which include the American Civil Liberties Union, argue that single gender classrooms promote discrimination and are set up based on gender stereotypes.

Where do you stand on single gender class rooms? Comment Below.

ABOVE VIDEO: The Today Show special on single gender classrooms. Video courtesy of NBC.

ABOVE VIDEO: Should boys and girls be taught differently? Some say separating children by gender allows both boys and girls to learn more and that it’s no different than separating children by age. Others, however, say it’s the equivalent of racial segregation and is therefore unconstitutional. Video courtesy of Learning Matters.