The ACLU is challenging same gender education programs in public school systems stating it deprives equal educational opportunities. Under this program, same-sex classrooms are learning the same subject matter but the environment is different. For example, an all-boy third grade class chose camping as a room theme while the third grade all-girl class chose under the sea. Lunch and recess are not separated. Those in favor of this teaching environment claim it allows teachers to use learning styles best suited for each gender while still covering the same lessons. Children enter grade school with gender stereotypes already formed. Girls are learning the same material as the boys. Diane Halpern, a former president of the American Psychological Association, co-authored a review of studies on single sex education and found there was no benefit to segregation of the sexes. The National Association for Single Sex Public Education, an advocacy group, estimates there are now 500 public school systems with same gender education class rooms. These schools also allow parents to opt for a mixed gender class room.
Boys and girls learn differently. Is segregated class rooms the future for public schools? If education is currently middle of the road in teaching techniques, then both sexes are not receiving the best education possible. By forcing mix gender class rooms, is the ACLU depriving equal educational opportunities?
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