Capstones

Graduation Date

Fall 12-16-2016

First Advisor

Fred Kaufman

Subject Concentration

Arts & Culture

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Abstract

Single-sex classrooms have been a hallmark of Catholic and private schools, but they are gaining popularity in American public schools. Proponents of single-sex classrooms believe that boys' and girls' brains are different and they therefore need specialized teaching methods and classroom conditions. For example, boys are competitive and are better at STEM subjects, while girls are cooperative and thrive in English and the arts. Detractors of single-sex classrooms in public schools like the ACLU say that these classrooms are based on pseudoscience and reinforce gender stereotypes. Follow the story of Jenna Bagcal through an all girls Catholic school and her discovery of single-sex classrooms in public schools.

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