Vote: Do You Think Students Learn Better in Single-Gender Classes?

By Tonka Dobreva 08.30.2016 interact

The Los Angeles Unified School District recently made news with the opening of its first girls-only public school. The founders of the Girls Academic Leadership Academy (GALA) say they are aiming to bridge the achievement gap between girls and boys when it comes to science, technology and math.

There’s been a debate about what school environment is better for student learning — single-gender or coed education. Researchers have found “structural and functional differences [in girls’ and boys’ brains] that profoundly affect human learning.” And single-gender education has proven to be highly successful in some cases.

In a 2011 article for the American Psychology Association, Leonard Sax, MD, PhD, a psychologist, family physician and executive director of the National Association for Single Sex Public Education says, “Schools that use best practices for gender-specific teaching may be more successful at teaching to boys’ and girls’ strengths.”

Others, however, are skeptical. In one study, experts concluded that “there is no well-designed research showing that single-sex (SS) education improves students’ academic performance, but there is evidence that sex segregation increases gender stereotyping.”

Proponents of coed education also say that gender-balanced classrooms prepare students for real life. Diane F. Halpern, PhD, a psychology professor at Claremont McKenna College and former president of the American Psychology Association says: “School is preparation for adult life. How can boys and girls learn how to interact as equals in the workplace if they have no experience interacting as equals in school?”

We want you to weigh in on the debate — do you think students learn better in single-gender classes? Vote and tell us you opinion in the comments sections below — or send us a video comment to We will feature the results of the poll and some of your comments on the show!


  1. Angellyna

    I do not think that you should have a one gender classes because then it prevents girls/boys from seeing other kids of the different gender, so they can not interact with them.

  2. Ola

    I say no because in all the classes there should be a point of view from every student, male or female.

    • xavier swanson

      i agree i think this is ridiculous

  3. Natalie whatley

    Yes because girls wouldn’t have to be bugged by boys asking girls out

  4. sarah.

    Nothing would change. You also can’t say anything about girls not being distracted if it’s all-girls because lesbians and bisexuals do happen to exist, surprise

  5. Zodiac Silvers

    I absolutely say yes. some boys are complete jerks and torment the girls, like me.
    Likewise: if girls are all in one class, they would actually have something to relate to! The girls that are in the single-sex classrooms do gain social skills because the again have someone to relate to.
    with the boys themselves, they can be they’re ruff, tough selves.

  6. Chloe

    Single-sex schools promote the idea that opposite genders distract each other. This promotes stereotyping, and even rape culture. If you put all girls into one school because they “distract male students”, you are promoting the sexualization of girls that just want an education. Same goes with male students. They shouldn’t be separated simply because other girls might be distracted by them. This would not be helpful to social development in young students.

  7. JD

    Heck to the no! If they work with one gender only, their own, they won’t be able to function later on and will have absolutly ZERO social skills with the opposite sex!

  8. Abigail

    Yes, because I believe boys distract girls from there work.

    • Khalil

      No,bc some girls would like to play sports with boys.

  9. emma scott

    i think single gender classes would not help kids learn any better than in all gender classes.

  10. Tia

    I don’t think so because when we get older how are we going to learn how to communicate with our opposite gender

    • Jermaine woodly

      I don’t think so because girls and boys work help and stick up for each other, but if there’s single gender classes more people would get bullied

      • Lola

        I agree on so many levels they need to be together or it may be awkward for them and now they are already letting people be with there same gender and get married. And the Bible say boy shall not be with there same gender so I agree I think they should go to school together. =) =) =)

    • Courtney

      You are completely right.It would awkward between them two.

  11. Hannah N.

    I think Yes because it would lead to less distractions with boys/girl like about relationships and friendships. Also, Everyone in the class would be the same gender as you, so you would feel like you fit in!

  12. James

    No, Because if they don’t learn to work together now than how will they work together later on in life

  13. James

    No, because if they don’t learn to work with the other gender then it will be harder to work in jobs.

  14. Vanesa

    I think that it is not a good idea because kids need a chance to interact with someone other then their gender, even though it would be nice to have a class full of girls but it would not be right

  15. Shaun Slattery, Jr.

    I think that single-sex schools are a good idea, but I don’t agree with having a public single gender school. I think that only private schools should be single-sex.

  16. Emily

    I think you would because you wouldnt have to stop all the time from all of the roudy boys.

    • JD

      Boys can be good to. There are roudy girls too.

  17. J bow

    No, What about transgenders? Shouldn’t we be able to pick? Equal rights for all.

    • jack

      nah i love transgenders

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