A Memphis high school credits separate classes for male and female students for a jump in test scores.
MEMPHIS — In “Romeo and Juliet,” the plot thickens along slightly different lines for male and female students at Booker T. Washington High.
For boys, the story advances in the fights between the Montagues and the Capulets; for girls, it’s the timeless love story.
. . . “Boys like nonfiction. They like gory, bloody stories. They like protagonists who look like them, sound like them and act like them,” (Principal Alisha Kiner) said. “We know from research that girls are more comfortable with other girls. That’s why we all go to the bathroom together.
“We’re not afraid to compete and share our opinions as we are when we are in rooms with boys.”
An all-girls’ charter school is opening in a low-income Chattanooga neighborhood for middle and high school students: Applicants must test below proficiency in math or reading or attend a low-performing school that’s failed to make progress.