Two Cabell Schools Try Out Single-Gender Classrooms

BARBOURSVILLE, W.V. (AP) - Two Cabell County elementary schools are experimenting with single-gender classrooms to determine whether boys and girls can learn better without distractions.

Barboursville Middle School Principal Jerry Lake says he got permission from the county and support from sixth-grade teachers for the idea.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting ( says a similar experiment is under way at Enslow Middle School.

Lake says he thinks educators should celebrate rather than mask the differences between boys and girls.

He believes girls are more mature than boys, and separating them may improve the learning environments.

But Frank Crabtree of the West Virginia America Civil Liberties Union worries separation could further gender stereotypes. He says it's almost impossible to create separate but equal facilities.

Lake says he'll evaluate the program's success after the school year ends.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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