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Click On Detroit: ALGONAC, Mich. -- Boys and girls at one metro Detroit elementary school are being taught in separate classrooms as part of an experiment.

Fourth-grade students at Algonac's Millside Elementary have been divided into same-sex classrooms. And teachers, parents and even students said they think it will make a big difference.

Noah Todino said he thinks he's learning faster without girls sitting next to him.

"It's kind of easier because the girls usually talk a bunch," Todino said.

"When they're (boys) around I get more nervous," said student Lindsay Dunn. "When they're not, I'm not that nervous. I can then ask questions and stuff."

The school is known for its innovation, where teachers wear special microphones so they can he heard clearly and lessons are written on a computerized chalkboard.

The Algonac School District's educational experience has been going on for two weeks, and administrators said they decided to start same-sex classes with the hope of improving academics, behavior and social skills.

Administrators said they researched how boys and girls learn differently, and decided to go ahead with the experience when they noticed that the 53 fourth-grade students were almost evenly divided -- 28 girls, 25 boys.

Administrators said they talked with parents beforehand, and when no one objected, they went ahead with it.

Lessons are gender specific, and students get to choose some of their own books.

Boys take English and Social Studies in the morning, math and science in the afternoon. Girls do the opposite.

The boys and girls do have lunch and recess together.

The students will remain in the same-sex classrooms next year. After that, the district said it would decide whether the program should continue.

A meeting is scheduled for Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m. for the school to hear feedback from parents about the program thus far.

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1 comments so far | Post a comment now
ame i. September 17, 2009, 3:29 PM

I kind of like the idea. My 6th grade daughter’s school seperates boys & girls for P.E. class but that’s the only one.

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