By Holly Lebowitz Rossi
September 23, 2011

A new review of existing research by a group of social scientists is making a case against single-sex education, arguing that it reinforces gender stereotypes and reduces the opportunities boys and girls have to learn to work together, The New York Times reports.  The article says, "Boys who spend more time with other boys become increasingly aggressive.  Similarly, girls who spend more time with other girls become more sex-typed."

The authors are advocates for co-education; together they founded the nonprofit organization American Council for CoEducational Schooling.  And according to the Times, single-sex education is on the rise, even in public school settings.  There were only two single-sex public schools in the mid-1990s; today, there are more than 500 public schools in 40 states that offer some single-sex academic classes or, more rarely, are entirely single sex.

(image via Parents.com)

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