Quick and the Ed’s Elena Silva is dubious about Michigan’s flirtation with single-sex classes, arguing there’s no evidence children learn more in single-sex classes. Our history of separate-but-equal should make us cautious about segregating students by gender, Silva writes.
I’m willing to give it a try, but I agree the evidence of effectiveness is anecdotal.
This Week has more on the “problem with boys,” including a warning about boomerang boys.
Parents are paying the price for boys’ failure to achieve. The Census Bureau reports that almost 14 percent of 25- to 34-year-old American men still live with their parents. (Only 8 percent of women in that age group live at home.) The trend holds for all races, ethnic groups, and economic classes, and has become so widespread that it has entered the popular culture. The recent film Failure to Launch centers on a 35-year-old man who still lives with his exasperated mom and dad. A similar premise underlies a new Fox sitcom, Free Ride.
Boys take longer to mature than girls, but this is ridiculous.