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Single-sex schools: yay or nay?

Today the Times reported on single-sex public schools, a dozen of which are located in NYC. Last year P.S. 140 in the Bronx made the switch, hoping to improve the performance of its students. Unfortunately, there hasn't been much improvement overall. There are a number of reasons for the segregation--girls participate more, boys are less disruptive--but with students' scores remaining stagnant, schools are re-thinking the separation. I am skeptical of organizing a school based on gender. Don't kids develop the majority of their social skills in school, seeing as they spend half of their day there? A huge part of growing up is learning about peers--and yourself--through interactions with the opposite sex. Would you enroll your kids in a same-sex school or opt against it?

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