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September 23rd, 2008
09:23 PM ET

If Your Classes are Separated by Gender...

...we'd really like you to chime in on this one.  I was a public school student from start to finish, and I never had a class without girls - which was fine with me.  But Wednesday's report about a Virginia middle school that had separated guys from girls made me wonder how that would work out for students.  Do you think it makes learning easier overall?

And what about you folks who have co-ed classes - would you want to separate by gender, or do you think everything is better as-is?

Carl Azuz, Anchor


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  1. Rach

    I think they should keep them together. When people grow up they won't work with one gender. This will teach people to work together. You also couldn't become friends withone and other. People need to think of when others get older before they come up with this junk!

    September 23, 2008 at 9:36 pm |
  2. Tiffany

    Maybe they should just put kids who learn better at some classes and kids who learn slower at some classes instead of separating them by gender. But some school can have girls or boys.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:21 am |
  3. Jamie

    I think that separating a class by gender has good and bad repercussions. Boys wouldn’t have to be in a class room all day and girls can do the group effort thing. But I think that what they’re trying to solve is by an entire population of students and not by the individual. What if a boy wants to actually stay in a classroom and a girl wants to run around and learn. I think schools should try more individual help instead of just trying to fix it like everyone is the same, and were not the same were all different, we like different thing,s and we need to learn the way that’s best for us.

    September 24, 2008 at 9:29 am |
  4. Angela

    I think its a great idea that the classes are sepperated. I'm homeschooled so i work with my brothers and sisters all day long.
    But when i went to shool it was hard to cansentrate cause the boys were goofing off.

    September 24, 2008 at 9:29 am |
  5. Alex

    I think that the idea has some value behind it, it still has some kinks in it though. I agree that when kids are growing up, they need to learn how to interact with the opposite gender, but I also agree that both genders learn differently and want to do different things. I think that they should make classes like P.E., Art, Computers, and other Electives, co-ed, but core classes like Science, Math, Social Studies, and Language Arts separate, because boys and girls do learn differently, and guys usually like to do interactive things and don't work well in regular, boring classrooms. I think that kids will learn more this way, but some might not like it as much because they won't be able to see any friends they have that are of the opposite gender. That is why I think they should do a little of both.

    September 24, 2008 at 9:33 am |
  6. Dagny

    I think it's a pretty good idea, I mean, to seperate them. It gets rid of the distractions caused when there's a group full of guys and girls, and the different learning experiences are sure to help them a lot.

    September 24, 2008 at 9:50 am |
  7. Lauren

    I think that separating classes by gender might be good idea for elementary students who struggle with learning, but for middle and high school students when there isn’t as much room for creativity in means of learning, it isn’t necessary. But even with elementary students, the method is flawed. There are some girls and boys who learn better in a different way than the “typical” way that their gender learns. What happens if there’s a girl who learns better with competition or a guy who learns better when working in groups? I’ve gone to school with co-ed classes all my life and I prefer it to same-gender classes. When you have guys and girls in the same room, I think as a whole people learn better because you see more points of view.

    September 24, 2008 at 10:10 am |
  8. Mrs. Warner

    We are a co-ed school but our class thought that in the elementary grades that all classes should be separate. That way teachers can teach according to how boys and girls learn best. At the secondary level we think they should be in the same classes because they have to learn how to get along with each other.

    1st hour World Civilizations
    Papillion-LaVista High School
    Papillion, Ne.

    September 24, 2008 at 10:11 am |
  9. Michael

    Separating boys and gorls will only alienate children from the opposite sex, and perpetuate the, "Eww, girls," idea.

    September 24, 2008 at 10:12 am |
  10. Sarah

    I think this is a great idea! In fact, today after watching the news, we were given an assignment, and I noticed that the boys are definitely more destracted than girls and this idea can really work! I definitely will be talking to my principal about this. Thank you CNN!

    September 24, 2008 at 10:20 am |
  11. Stephanie

    I think it would be good to seperate boys and girls. The boys in most of my classes don't pay attention, and then they expect me to help them. Girls seem to work together better more than boys, and boys just don't like reading. And as an added bonus, boys won't get distracted by girls and girls won't get distracted by boys.

    September 24, 2008 at 10:30 am |
  12. mikaela

    I think it would be really cool if our classes were seperated by gender because boys act like boys and girls act like girls. It would also help students concentrate because scientists have proved that girls pay more attention in school then bys do.

    September 24, 2008 at 10:30 am |
  13. mikaela

    I think they should try that in some schools. Just for like a month seperate them by gender. it would be cool!!! 🙂 <333

    September 24, 2008 at 10:32 am |
  14. Christine

    Hello Carl !

    I am a educator working. I think good idea separate them,if we want to them only preoccupy the science. Because research shows that when boys and girls are separated, each group performs better in school and is more likely to go to college.Otherwise boys and girls learn differently, and to see separating them will allow teachers to tailor their lessons. Also, boys won't misbehave as much because they will no longer be trying to impress the girls, and the girls will be more likely to speak up in class because they won't be afraid to look smart in front of the boys.

    September 24, 2008 at 11:19 am |
  15. Jordan

    I Really Don't think it is right because boys and girls should grow up together to learn about the world better

    September 24, 2008 at 11:49 am |
  16. Kobi

    I Really think it is right to separate the boys and girls because i don't trust girls

    September 24, 2008 at 11:52 am |
  17. Jordan

    I think It isn't right to separate them because they need to grow up together so they know how the world works better

    September 24, 2008 at 11:54 am |
  18. andrew c

    yeh girls in my clas r prety anoying so i gues my class would be beter without them. none of my friends r girls anyway

    September 24, 2008 at 11:57 am |
  19. Daniel

    I believe that separating gender in classes is a huge misunderstanding. It is only a generalization that most boys like to go outside and play. From what I remember, everyone loved to go outside when we were in elementary school and so on. It is only fair that everyone has the same form of teaching.

    September 24, 2008 at 12:36 pm |
  20. bryce

    we are children!!! it doesent matter on gender, we still need a social life with girls. i mean there are some people that do not talk to girls in school. i dont want to be like that. i dont want to end up like the 40 year old virgen

    September 24, 2008 at 12:36 pm |
  21. kevin

    I think that what there doing to the students is racism, sexism. I really dont like the idea of that and if that were to do that to us then I would be pretty upset..

    September 24, 2008 at 12:38 pm |
  22. chase

    I wish that union city middle school was like that. I don't feel comfortable learning with girls in same cases.

    September 24, 2008 at 1:19 pm |
  23. *Alisha*

    i dont think that is right wen Do need a relationship with boys

    September 24, 2008 at 1:25 pm |
  24. Brennan

    If the system works why not try it. Girls and Boys learn differently.

    September 24, 2008 at 1:27 pm |
  25. Danielle

    If my class was seperating i would be so mad because alot of my friends are boys and they are in the same class so i would be mad i am glad that my classes are seperated

    September 24, 2008 at 1:30 pm |
  26. Ross

    If classes were ever seperated by gender, it would should not even be called a school. It may supposedly "help" students learn better, but who would want a room full of guys, and no girls? That would just be a wierd experience for everyone in the class, and to me thats not school.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  27. Madison amd Mickaela

    I kinda agree with separating the genders in school although our class agreed that we would all miss each other. I believe that girls and boys have different ways of learning.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  28. kelly

    I think that it would be very interesting if they had it only a few days a week . thank you

    September 24, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  29. Tre', Charis and Tavius

    Hmmmm, we don't go 2 school so we don't really know. But we suggest that u need 2 keep em together so they can interact.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  30. RAMBO

    I think that idea is stupid, because guys like to have girls in their class.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  31. David

    I don’t really like the idea of splitting girls and guys up in classes. It just seems strange to me to go to an all guy school. While I think it would be fun to go to school and be outside to learn, without girls school just isn’t as fun. I do not agree with splitting them up at all.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  32. Amberly

    I think that splitting up gender wouldn’t be good. I think this because boys make class easier for me. In our classes when the boys get bad grades the teacher goes over all the work and it makes it easier for me to learn. Even though the teacher gets mad the repetition of the notes helps me learn. If there weren’t any boys the teachers wouldn’t have to do that and may grades would definitely drop.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  33. Karl

    I think that the seperation by gender is not that great of an idea because not all guys (me specificly) relly whant to do relay races insted of learn the matterial in a class room, but my be this would be a good idea for the younger grades because the genders are already seperated just because girls and guys think that the other is discusting. But in the higher grades I think the the classes should be kept as a co-ed because girls and guys look at things from different angles and they help others see things from a different perspective.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  34. sean

    I dont think that separating classes by gender would be productive because we as kids need to be prepared to work in a normal enviroment. Having they males and females separated would not be a normal enviroment. In college they are not going to be seperated, so why do it now?

    September 24, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  35. Elizabeth

    I would NOT want to be separated by gender. I think being combined helps you in the long run; in college you will not be separated. You also need to learn the social skills. I also think it is unfair for boys to be taught differently, there could be girls that also learn better by not learning from a desk. Same goes for boys, they could also learn better by sitting in a traditional classroom. There is a way to combine both learning styles of boys and girls.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  36. Cruzz

    I think separating classes in some ways is a good idea but i think that the students should beable to vote on if they like it or not. If the students are aginst it they wont work.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  37. Garrett

    The school system splitting up the students by gender is a good thing as well as a bad thing at the same time. The good thing about this is that they will be able to concentrate better because girls will be able to work together and guys will be able to concentrate on the class work. The bad part about this is that if they never interact with each other then they might not know how to interact in the real world with each other.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  38. Nick

    I don’t think separated gender classrooms are too good of an idea, because without any girls in the classroom it would be a lot less interesting and more boring.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  39. Laura

    Personally I feel that have to different class is a good idea because girls like to take time at some things, were as guys like to speed through their work. . I feel that girls get the raw end of the deal because they what to stop working on something so the teacher and teach the guys something more. . I feel that girls and boys should have a change to learn in different environment because girls have a lot to deal with and need time to see other girls and talk. Where as with boys they don’t care about things as long as they are active and can have fun.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  40. Felipe

    I think this is a great idea because boys and girls learn so differently from each other, which is very obvious. Boys thrive off energy and excitement and if they are caught with a boring teacher they just forget about learning. Girls don’t like the activity thing and just like to talk/gossip with each other. Plus, girls are just annoying in the class because they ask too many dumb questions and are actually trying, unlike the superior male sex that have the ability to succeed in life with less effort than the idiotic women. Don't get me wrong, women are still very attractive, but they are just really dumb.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  41. Kevin

    I that it is pointless. To make girls and boys take different classes because boys aren’t going to be able to avoid girls all the time when they’re doing work and the same with girls. I think they should keep classes the way they are.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  42. blake

    I think that separating boys and girls in class would be a bad idea. Cause girls are usually the smart ones in class and are good resources for cheating off of.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  43. Anonymous

    I think that separating classes by gender is a good and bad idea. Its good because you won’t have as many distractions and girls a boys do learn in different ways. The bad way is that you won’t have as many friends. All your friends would be girls or boys.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  44. paul

    i dont think it is good becaus how whould we now about girls

    September 24, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  45. Nick

    In a way to put it, I would die without girls in my class. It's like..a balance of nature. Half guys, half girls. But I guess it does help, with the fact that guys like having fun, and girls like not having fun.
    Eh, I guess it doesn't matter either way

    September 24, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  46. Kyle

    This new rule is ridiculous.
    First of all, what happens if a boy is a structured learner? I know I am a very structured student and running around outside would be the devastating for my grade. Second, when you go to college or even a workplace you have to work with all of your peers, not just the ones in your sex. I think this new system is horrible and should be removed from the school ASAP.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  47. Anonymous

    Although I think that classes separated by gender are fine, I prefer co-ed classes. School is preparation for a harsh work environment; thusly, it's important for students to have exposure to all sorts of situations and all sorts of people with whom they will be required to work. Also, giving girls and boys different teaching environments agitates me. Instead of catering to the supposed needs of another gender, schools should attempt to create an even basis off of which students can expound upon. Agreeing with other comments , I believe that the system upon which the separation is founded is flawed; since it's merely a projection of general statistics, the system won't be effective with every student, as it is intended to be.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  48. Jo

    I think that it could go both ways. If the students and parents aren't offended then they should continue the program.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  49. alexis

    When they are seperating them by gender i feeel bad because the boys cant ask girls out and every one needs that . even little kids. HAHAHA!!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  50. Thomas

    Everyday life out of school we deal with the opposite sex all the time and that is what makes a well rounded person. Same sex class will make both males and females less social with each other and that is something that should not happen. Keep the class the way they have always been and find a different solution.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  51. Sara

    I think that it is a good idea to seperate genders in classes. Maybe not every single class, but some. I do acknowledge that boys and girls think and learn differently. That doesn't make anyone better or worse, just different. They could even have some classes that are co-ed but, do the learning competitively thing. Why not? If it helps the learner it should be at least tried. Plus it might help girls and guys to focus better because they are not so worried about their crush in the room. LOL 😀

    September 24, 2008 at 7:16 pm |
  52. josue

    I dont thank is a good idea
    becues we can learn diffrent ways

    September 24, 2008 at 7:17 pm |
  53. Mahum

    WOW ! I wouldn't like that as much! Becuase you need to learn how it is with boys. You have got to be tough. Maybe it can turn out fun and whoever it is might be friends!!!!!!!
    Oh CARL!
    your too funny.

    September 24, 2008 at 7:20 pm |
  54. Doria

    I think they should but kids all together so they can learn from each other because sometimes it is boring to listen to the teacher it is better learning in partners.And I don't think that teacher are mean or boring I'm just saying

    September 24, 2008 at 7:48 pm |
  55. Ashley

    I would perfer single gender classes it would be perfact no boys to get class off track.

    September 24, 2008 at 7:58 pm |
  56. j

    well i think that it is a good thing and a bad thing. I wouldn't really care personally if i was seperated from boys. It's hard to boys. it's harder to pay attention if there are boys bugging you all the time.

    September 24, 2008 at 9:16 pm |
  57. Hunter

    I think it's a bad idea.Sure they can do it in a way girls and boys would do learn it better in a way,but not be sperated.

    September 24, 2008 at 9:29 pm |
  58. Erin

    As long as there is an option, I don't see a problem with that. Even without the option, its not really sexist, because there is no discrimination, just separation. Both genders are truly equal, so there's nothing that is unlawful, really. There have been many research projects that have proven that separated girls from boys can help both genders work better, and get the approach from a teacher they need.
    I think its best if the student has the option to be in those classes, because it is a new approach to learning, and some students may be too accustomed to the old way to want to adjust, but there is nothing wrong with gender-separated classes.

    I agree with Michael, though. Separating younger children is probably going to alienate the grade. How are they supposed to learn how to deal with each other if they never interact?

    My stance: Middle school and high school gender-separated classes are a-okay with me.

    September 24, 2008 at 9:32 pm |
  59. Russell

    I don't know what I would do without girls in my class. I might just pay attention...

    September 25, 2008 at 12:01 am |
  60. Ashley

    Everyone learns differently, and that doesn't mean that all boys learn the same way and all girls learn the same way. The normal way school is done is really the best people can do... and what does seperating genders teach everyone about the real world? The world isn't seperated by gender, and the world doesn't conform to every person's needs to make life easier, just as school doesn't teach everyone in exactly the right way.

    September 25, 2008 at 12:41 am |
  61. Angela

    The idea of separating out the girls from the boys has some merit. I have been in classrooms that were both predominantly female as well as male. The dynamics of each classroom were completely different. When the females ruled the classroom tended to be well run, organized and the girls tended to be more eger to learn. In the male dominated classroom there tended to be more behavior issues in a disorganized environment.
    Science shows that boys learn differently than girls, and that graded improve when they are separated. But I am sure that most kids when asked would prefer to have a combined class than a segregated one.

    September 25, 2008 at 12:46 am |
  62. Surada

    First, I lend in girl school before so I think it’s would be easy because girl is always concentrate with everything, and girl mostly help girl do their work so I think it’s would be easily
    I don’t care if you separate class by gender so I think it’s should be the same it’s the depend by yourself
    everything you do it’s all go back to yourself

    September 25, 2008 at 8:55 am |
  63. Mitch

    It would be kinda cool but yet you wouldn't be able to communicate with the other sex as much

    September 25, 2008 at 10:04 am |
  64. Kelsee

    I think that if you put boys in one class and girls in one there will be problems cause with girls there's a lot of drama and boys there mite not be any but there will be with girls. so don't do it

    September 25, 2008 at 10:15 am |
  65. Kinnane

    Keep them together!

    September 25, 2008 at 10:20 am |
  66. Krista

    I think our classes should not be separated . that would be bad to not be able to laugh the hole class because to me guys are funny and I love hanging out with them. Plus when we get out of school we would not know how to social with bots because of being separated.

    September 25, 2008 at 10:25 am |
  67. cameron

    i think that it would be good to have mondays off because you would have a lot more time to study. you could get things done in your house like chores or whatever. maybe more kids would want to stay in school since they wouldnt havet to come on mondays. It would be cool because you would get a three day weekend every weekend. so you would be able to have fun and get your work done and it would relieve some stress.

    September 25, 2008 at 10:53 am |
  68. Mckenzie

    I would not want to be seperated by gender in my classes because I think that it is dumb for learning to be easier without the other gender. Yea in some classes it might but in most of my classes I don't get distracted as easily. Plus if the guys are doing something different then the guys and girls would not interact with each other

    September 25, 2008 at 11:00 am |
  69. summer

    i think separating by gender is a good idea. I mean i like boys and all but they seem to nag more than all the girls. Boys get on my nerves and i tend tot talk to them more then i do with just girls around. Boys are annoying! genders should be separated

    September 25, 2008 at 11:02 am |
  70. Katey

    I think it's kind of a good idea for them to separate boys and girls. Boys in my class, I can't stand them. Sometimes I wish they would disappear. I like staying inside, so it would be good for the boys to be outside while I'm in. But some of the girls like going outside and playing instead of learning, and with the program they have, they can't do that unless they're a boy. So, maybe they should make four groups. One group for boys who like to go outside, another for boys who actually like to stay in (that's not very many,) girls who like to go outside, and girls who like to stay in.

    September 25, 2008 at 11:02 am |
  71. Alayna

    Seperating the genders isn't a good idea in my opinion because once people are out of school they will not be use to other genders around them all the time.

    September 25, 2008 at 11:03 am |
  72. Hannah

    I think we souldn't do this because then the girls would be stuck inside all day and the boys would be outside all day. We also shouldn't do this because we would bring more gay people into oufr school. Also because evrybody would have a different amount of education. Maybe we shouldn't do this also because boys will be more active than girls because boys are outside more than girls. That is why we shouldn't seperate genders.
    Hannah 🙂

    September 25, 2008 at 11:04 am |
  73. ~Sarah~

    If we separated classes by gender it would be better then it is now. The girls would work better and the boys would work better. Also everyone who was getting bad grades, their grades might go up a little or a lot. Also there won't be as many distractions as there is with girls and boys mixed. We should try to separate classes by genders.

    September 25, 2008 at 11:05 am |
  74. Jessica

    Well i think that separating kids by their gender is really stupid. It wouldn't be fair that guys get to be outside and be active when they work, and girls have to stay inside and sit all day. Although some girls work better without guys bugging them all day, because guys can get annoying during school sometimes but its just a part of school. I have learned to handle it, so should everybody else. Separating genders is for private schools, Not public schools. So public schools should all stay the same with girls and guys in class together. Thats what i think about it.

    September 25, 2008 at 11:05 am |
  75. Jacob

    I think that classes should stay the way they are. When you separate the genders in classes you kind of make class a lot less interesting you could call it. I have never had a class with out girls so if you separate classes we probably wouldn't work as great as usual. When you separate classes you separate our way of learning.

    September 25, 2008 at 11:07 am |
  76. Martha

    I think that this idea is sexist. Maybe some girls would want to go have fun, like running the questions back and forth. If a school does decided to do this they should ask the girls what they would rather do. Some think that being in a class room is boring to, just like the guys. Its not right just to assume that girls would rather sit in a class room.

    September 25, 2008 at 11:09 am |
  77. mariah

    i think it is not a good idea for them to separate the boys from the girls. the girls and boys could be separated, but if we get separated then we could not talk to our guy friends or the guys friends (girl) except in the hallway. so it would not be fair.

    September 25, 2008 at 11:09 am |
  78. Catherine

    If my school separated I probably wouldn't have many guy friends as I do now. I probably wouldn't have so many fights with my friends over guys. If we did get separated I would study more and get better grades than I am now. I hope we don't get separated because most of my friends are guys

    September 25, 2008 at 11:11 am |
  79. Marissa

    Well i think that it isn't right because they are being sexist. i don't think we should be learning differently then them because i think that it would be fun to have a race then sitting in class all day.
    It's called a public school which means that there's boys an girls. If you don't want to be with boys or girls then go to an all girls or boys school and let those who want to be together be together.
    I don't think they should be able to seperate them. It's just not right.

    September 25, 2008 at 11:11 am |
  80. Kyler

    If we separate our genders some of the guys might pay attention. More people would be easier to work in class.

    September 25, 2008 at 11:11 am |
  81. Sabrina

    I do not think they should seperate boys from girls in the classrooms. Especially at the elementary school level. Young kids already have the idea that "girls are icky" or "boys have cooties". I feel everyone needs to grow up around the different gender. In the real world when you go out to get a job your going to interact will many different people. It teaches the kids to work together with everyone and not just one certain gender. I feel if we seperate them it would just cause more confilt because the students would be upset with the change.

    September 25, 2008 at 1:40 pm |
  82. bre

    While,Being separated from the other gender is quite smart because it causes less of a distraction.I still wonder.Though its kind of awkward.I kind of like having the guys in my classes

    September 25, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  83. sarah

    i think this is a great idea, cause people would learn more without distractions. and some people do better work when they're working with somone they get along with, and someone who thinks the same way, cause boys and girls think differently.

    September 25, 2008 at 5:43 pm |
  84. Jacob

    Classes should definitley be seperated by gender because that could keep kids out of trouble and it would be easier to lern because it would be less distarcting.

    September 25, 2008 at 5:56 pm |
  85. Kayla

    I don't think they should, its bring back the whole sexist issues and ofcourse they're are only going to show the possitive sides, yes scores are up but is it telling students not to work with eachother because of genitles.

    September 25, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  86. Alissa

    i like this idea because you get better grades and you can focus better but also i disagree because you need to meet people

    September 25, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  87. elizabeth

    I think they should put the two together because in collage they won't do that. It's to prepare us for the future keep it that way!!!
    Although maybe math should be seprated.

    September 25, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  88. Mrs. Niederer

    My 8th grade team started gender classes this year. My students were upset at the start of the year, however as the year has progressed so has their learning. It is my opinion that gender classes work well when the teachers are educated in different learning styles for both boys and girls. Thank you so much for exposing more people to this innovative teaching style.

    September 25, 2008 at 11:10 pm |
  89. Corbin

    Well some boys like to sit down and learn like some girls do and some girls like to get up and run around like boys do so I don't relly think this is a good solution

    September 26, 2008 at 8:18 am |
  90. billie

    I don’t think spiting the boys and girls. It is fun to have some distractions but it is also good to get your work done. I would not what to be in a calm environment. And some boys may not want to be in a very exciting environment. Some boys and girls learn different and some learn the same.

    September 26, 2008 at 9:08 am |
  91. Devon

    I think that seperating by gender is a extremly bad ideal because you need a girl in the class to help cope with the stress of everyday work

    September 26, 2008 at 9:20 am |
  92. Callie

    I believe the classes are better the way they are because having a class with just girls will cause a lot of attitudes to come out without the boys there to come every thing down with a joke or something.

    September 26, 2008 at 9:24 am |
  93. Deanna

    I don't think I could do the gender separating because i cant be around a lot of females because their nothing but trouble.Also im bassically like a tom boy so i get along with boys better.

    September 26, 2008 at 9:25 am |
  94. Cerah

    Having our class seperated into boys and girls doesn't really make a difference to me, i think that anybody can be a distraction dont get me wrong it does make it less of a distraction but in all if someone wants to make a distraction they are going to make it no matter the cirrcumstances.

    September 26, 2008 at 9:25 am |
  95. EZICHI

    I think separting classes by gender ,is not a good thing ,because without the boys we girls will be nothing and we girls like attention so we need the boys around to do that.

    September 26, 2008 at 9:28 am |
  96. Audranna

    I have had this experience before and it did not work out!!!! I wouldn't advise any school to put their students through that.A bunch of girls in one class is nothing but DRAMA,and the guys play way to much.So, i don't think it's a good idea.

    September 26, 2008 at 9:30 am |
  97. Lucas

    I just don't see the point of it I mean what about the boys and girls that learn differently from the rest of their respective genders how does it help them? It's still a one size fits all approach only now genders are separate.

    September 26, 2008 at 10:50 am |
  98. Daniela

    I think that to separate students by their gender is really stupid because you wont be talking to your friends of the opposite sex (boys) or anything like that and i think its not fair. in a way i think it is ok because maybe students might be paying more attention. but i would say no because its better all genders together.

    September 26, 2008 at 10:58 am |
  99. aubrea

    I think it is a bad idea !!!! I think a lot of students will get upset . I do not think seperating the kids will have eny effect on their attitudes or grades. I think they should just leave the kids in the classrooms together.

    September 26, 2008 at 11:01 am |
  100. Brandi

    i kind of like the idea becuase boys like to cuase problems and its harder to leran so as long as we still have the same lunch then it would be okay...

    September 26, 2008 at 11:02 am |
  101. Nicholas

    If they sperarted our classes by gender i will be furious! If theis going to sperate our classes they might as well separate our clasees too. there's no fun in classes all day wit dudes!

    September 26, 2008 at 11:04 am |
  102. Neumann

    Separation Is Great!

    September 26, 2008 at 11:11 am |
  103. lola & kari

    I think that they should not seperate the females from the males. They only way they can learn to meet new people is through school and when they get out of school they will not be able to stand up to another person because they would not know what to do . They need to learn how to get associoate with other people.
    If they seperate the girls from the boys girls wont be able to have sociable life with guys,guys with girls. i was homescool and it took me awhile to learn how to become sociable with other kids, just think about seperating guys from girls. we wont have a life.

    Sincerly,
    Lola & kari

    September 26, 2008 at 11:32 am |
  104. Austin

    I think that gender should not be a factor in education- like someone once said," 1 boy hole boy, 2 boys half a boy, 3 boys no boy." some people are not mature enough to be with a hole room of people of the same gender.

    September 26, 2008 at 11:38 am |
  105. Steph

    I think that by separating the genders in classes it will help younger students concentrate. At early ages boys are usually interruptive and loud. By separating the gender in Elementary School classes and having different teaching ethics boys are able to be loud and yet learn at the same time. Girls on the other hand can take their time and learn in quite surroundings and be able to concentrate without getting interrupted

    September 26, 2008 at 12:53 pm |
  106. Shakakon

    yo i think that gender does not matter on how we work it just depends if we get along

    September 26, 2008 at 1:34 pm |
  107. Lloyd

    I think it is a bad idea. Guys and girls are meant to be together.

    September 26, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  108. Carla

    Guys and girls would pay attention better because they would not be distracted.

    September 26, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  109. Laura

    Thank you for using my comment on your show, Carl Azuz. It really made my day. And it made me smile when I was feeling blue. Thanks again, Carl Azuz .

    September 26, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  110. Ginger

    I am a girl and the boy education sounds sooooo sweet!
    But the girl education sounds double DULL.
    If I were there I would petition for girls and boys to be able to choose which to participate in.

    September 26, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  111. Lourdes AND diana

    NO WAY!!!!!!!!!! we should not be seperated by gender because then we will not learn our differences.

    September 26, 2008 at 6:02 pm |
  112. Lourdes and Diana

    No way.....Boys should not be seperated from girls i dont know what we would do if we could not see boys a school.....!!!!!!

    September 26, 2008 at 7:05 pm |
  113. Buckeye Union High School Student

    In my History class we were talking about this topic when we watch the news. My History teacher asked around about what we thought of it and we came down to, that it would be a wrong idea because in a class like History you wouldn't be able to hear everyones different oppion.

    September 26, 2008 at 9:57 pm |
  114. Alex

    Why would anyone wan't that?

    Boys to make class fun(I do a good job at that)
    Girls to help the boys(Fun huh?)

    September 27, 2008 at 1:45 pm |
  115. Brianna

    I think that would be cool for a change considering how annoying boys can be in class! But it does seem a little like the boys are having too much fun

    September 28, 2008 at 12:31 pm |
  116. Ashley

    Ithink that thats not right because some students work good with other students. O r with the opposite sex. Students should have that chooces. i THINK THAT ITS NOT A GOOD IDEA CAUSE PEOPLE LIKE DO WEll with both sex gruops.

    September 29, 2008 at 9:13 am |
  117. Denille

    In my opinion i think that it would not really change that much or effect many students.. ME being in an all girls school i know from exprience. It's not really people who distract you it's you distracting yourself. But not have boys in my class kind of made some things easier for example i am shy around boys and not having boys in my class made do more things in class because i know i don't have boys laughing at me or anything i really diid not care if the girls were laughing at me at some times i really didnt even make an effort to look good for school. Now that i am in a co-ed school it's kind of weird now because i am around boys and i talk to the boys more then i talk to the girls i don't know why i just do.. Yes I get distracted more but i try to help it at some times..

    September 29, 2008 at 9:15 am |
  118. kenzie

    Well i think that would be stupid cuse all the guys in class would be joking around and all the girls would just talk to each other. SO i thank that i would be best to just keep things how they are.

    September 29, 2008 at 9:19 am |
  119. Georgia

    i believe that they shouldnt be seperated, because in reality boys and girls are not seperated. every gender has to work together and what better way than to do that in school. yea it may help the girls concentrated better in classes because the boys are not there and goofing off. im not saying every boy does that but you know what im talking about. anyway when its a co ed school you have more ideas and more opinions.

    September 29, 2008 at 9:34 am |
  120. Kaitlyn

    I think that separating genders in different classes is not right. If were are to have husbands or wife's then we're going to have to mix with other genders by that I mean letting us have boy's or girls in class with us.

    September 29, 2008 at 10:06 am |
  121. Josh

    The classes should not be separated by gender!! You can learn new things from guys or chicks. Im sure you'll get distracted at times, but were only human!! It might be good for some schools, but I'm glad mine is still the same...

    September 29, 2008 at 10:09 am |
  122. Crystal

    I think having classes separated by gender is not a good think but then again is these are my reasonings the reason I think it is a bad thing to by separated because the boys/girls might start saying one is better then the other. For example maybe saying boys are smarter or something. The reason I think being separated is a good thing is because u might be able to learn more like that.

    September 29, 2008 at 10:10 am |
  123. Cameron

    i think if we had gender seperated schools school would be totally boring and and i think there would be more high school dropouts cause guys do not want to come to school just to see guys and girls dont want to come to school to see girls if there was gender seperated schools there would be no reason for girls or guys too look nice because would not have anyone to impress when they come to school so i guess we would have boy cheer leaders lol.

    September 29, 2008 at 10:56 am |
  124. Marcus

    Maybe it will be effective for a short period of time until the male hormones gets weary. Then it would become a distraction to the class. My opinion is that when girls are in the classroom guys try to impress them.

    September 29, 2008 at 11:01 am |
  125. Alex

    i think classes are good the way they are because if you seperate classes theres gonna be someone to argue and say that it not equal girls have faught for years to be equal and us being seperated is just a step backwards

    September 29, 2008 at 11:03 am |
  126. Karly

    I think that schools should only do PE classes, because some kids can become sub-conscious in classes like that and if it’s a problem in other classes then they should gender separate them.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:29 pm |
  127. Daniel

    i think that its good and bad at the same time. its bad because the teachers will have to deal with all girls which will lead to drama and stupidity with all boys together. Its good because the teachers dont have to worry about the boys and girls flirting and also some girls will work better without boys, but personally i dont like it because it dosent feel with just all boys in a class i want to work with girls.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:44 pm |
  128. Randy

    I think that seperating the gender in classes is dumn. Then more students are not goin to be concentrated

    September 29, 2008 at 1:46 pm |
  129. Elizabeth

    I certainly would not mind staying an extra hour a day. All I would be missing is a TV show, and luckily I have a TV show recorder. I also don’t mind it being Mondays instead of Fridays, on Fridays we get excited for the game that night. I would love to have Monday’s off.

    September 29, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  130. heidi

    Seperated genders is not a good idea. Seriously boys make life interesting

    September 29, 2008 at 7:05 pm |
  131. Peter

    I think it is a bad idea to seperate gender classes.Some of my best friends are girls and they are fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 30, 2008 at 7:50 am |
  132. Brian

    I tihnk that the idea of seperating classes by gender is a BAD IDEA!!! First of all, I would like it better with the genders mixed because alot of the ppl that I talk to are girls. Even though I get along with guys too, they would GET UNDER MY SKIN with in a few days.

    September 30, 2008 at 12:35 pm |
  133. chad

    as a boy if you put me in a room with other boys we will play around and never get any work done. our attention will be some where else

    September 30, 2008 at 12:38 pm |
  134. jasmine

    Hey im jasmine and im a student in high school and i think that separation in school for student is cazy. Why you ask, because we see each other in school all day and by yall aparting us that would just make us want to us do wrong. That way we don't have to worry bout see eachother, if we are exspelled then ther is no need for it. And im am i out spoken person and if i feel a way i will let it be known. And if you think about it you didn't have it when you were in school so why now? But other then that i it could work if you should us like result of facts of what's gone happen if we let it go on.

    September 30, 2008 at 12:40 pm |
  135. melissa

    I wouldnt want that because girls in a room together is too much drama. If you have boys and girls it would good bcause they is interacting with different people besides the same gender. If you have a class room full of boys they will play all day and wouldnt get any work done.

    September 30, 2008 at 12:44 pm |
  136. Nicholas

    If the classes at my school were separated by gender at my school I wouldn't like it because most of my friends are girls. Some of my friends are boys, but still I wouldn't like it. That's how I fell about that.

    September 30, 2008 at 1:27 pm |
  137. Monica

    I would love to have mondays off you would not have to get up at 6:00 a.m ever morring you could sleep in and i would not care if we had a nother 1hr of school well we all need more learing in us we could watch t.v on mondays i thank it would be really fun to do that and making kids seprated is reall bad what is a class without boys !!!!! nothing!!!!!! that is what i thank monica

    September 30, 2008 at 1:28 pm |
  138. Amanda

    i think that we shouldnt seperate the genders. what is this nation trying to be... totally segertgated? or what? i have alot of guy friends that help me out in class. sometimes guys learn on the same pace as i do while the females may be ahead or behind me. guys make school fun! if we did seperate then every one will start turning gay and i dont need that.. lets just keep it all together.

    -Amanda

    September 30, 2008 at 1:36 pm |
  139. luis

    i think its a bad idea because it wouldnt be fun without any girls to get distracted by. and there's female fights sometimes so i wouldn't wanna miss that.

    September 30, 2008 at 1:40 pm |
  140. Sean

    I think that it might be a good idea because boys like like to have races and contests, and girls like to work in groups with quietness.
    But who cares about working in groups,having races is totally cool !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 30, 2008 at 7:11 pm |
  141. Abby

    Carl, my 5th grade class and I love your cheesy jokes. I think it is a good thing the boys and girls are seperated by gender beacuse the boys always distrupt the class and girls like to focus on their work and not get in trouble.

    October 1, 2008 at 12:05 pm |
  142. Evan

    That would hlep me.

    October 1, 2008 at 12:05 pm |
  143. Olivia

    Carl I think separating by gender is good but all girls don't want to stay in all the time and i'm sure everyone wants to be outside sometime and i'm sure not all boys want to go outside all the time!

    October 1, 2008 at 12:07 pm |
  144. Blake

    I think it's a great idea to seperate classes by gender. They think a lot better.

    October 1, 2008 at 12:25 pm |
  145. Chelsea

    I am in a co-ed class and I love it. Even girls learn different from other girls. Everyone learns there own way. You can't just seperate by gender you would have to seperate each person from every other person.

    October 1, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  146. Meghan

    I think they should be seperatted by how well and how fast they learn than their gender because some people want to learn and get good grades but others really don't care.

    October 1, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  147. y.ABUNDIS

    uMMM..NO COMMENT!
    LOL!
    YUP, I DO AGREE WIT MOST PPLE DTA HAVE GAVEN THEIR OPINIONS...
    AND HECK "NO" I THINK ITS BETTER AS IS!!!
    Y??!!
    hMMM..SOCIETY HAS ALWAYS BEEN MIXED GENDERS AND IT WOULD BE AKWARD...[BERRY] 2 JUST CHANGE ALL OF A SUDDEN...
    NAH*
    NAH*
    NAH*
    JUST KEEP IT DAT WAY...BESIDES..WE ALL KNO WE WANT OUR CRUSH NEAR US...HEHEHEHE.. : )

    October 1, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  148. Samantha

    I think we should be seperated by gender because the boy's can get distracted by the girls in the class room.Also the girls would flirt with the guys that the girls really like.

    October 2, 2008 at 10:14 am |
  149. kate

    no it is seperating boys from girls it is segragatiion aand is totally unfair

    October 2, 2008 at 6:54 pm |
  150. Vicky

    Hehe! Oh wow....I've been waiting for a topic like this....you see if that were to happen in my school...it will be chaos. I think its a interesting idea to try. I don't mind being separate from boys cause well it makes the class a little quieter. Though I know ALOT of the girls would not like this at all...but I think it separating the genders will make them pay attention in class better

    October 2, 2008 at 8:48 pm |
  151. derek

    THAT IS so bad boys wont get distracted

    October 3, 2008 at 9:33 am |
  152. Megan

    it is better as is. yes he girls can be distracted by the boy and as the boys being distracted by the girls. but in my opinion school wouldnt be school with out girls and boys. if my schoolo didnt have boys then i wouldnt do to the school i go to.

    October 3, 2008 at 10:10 am |
  153. Amanda

    I don’t think the government has to split classrooms by gender. Boys and girls have learned to work together over the years. And I don’t see the point in it at all. Doing this would mess up life in general, the way we have trained ourselves to adapt to our surroundings and then they decide to just take that away? School is to learn how to do things like math, science, and reading, but it’s also a place to learn to get along with others despite what differences they have. Yes, boy and girls are not the same, we have clearly established this throughout history but that’s life and we have to deal and learn to get by. Let’s look at what happened when they tried to separate people in class last time? Aka: blacks and whites. How did that turn out? How did that affect us? People need to think about how this is going to affect the people who are being separated, not just for the common good of the project.

    October 3, 2008 at 11:35 am |
  154. CASSIDY

    EXACTLY,IF THEY SEPERATE US THEN THINK ABOUT THE HORROR IT WOULD CAUSE ESPECIALLY FOR US.I MEAN IM IN 6TH GRADE,AND I GET ANNOYED WITH BOYS, BUT WITHOUT THEM THE DAY WOULD BE BORING. ALSO THER WOULDNT BE ANY CLASS CLOWNS!!!

    October 3, 2008 at 8:49 pm |
  155. Nathanael

    That is just plain dumb!!! The learning process has nothing whatsoever to do with gender. It is the way you are influenced that determines the way you should learn. And what of those who should learn as the other gender does?? Are they just left to their own devices?? And don't get me started and how this will cripple their emotianal and social development!

    October 4, 2008 at 11:02 pm |
  156. Antonae

    I think you should leave it how it is now because kids shouldn't just have to stay with only girls or boys. They should be with both because it is very important. How are they going to get along if girls think that boys are mean and nastey? They will never really find out how they are and boys think girls have only cooties and like perfume. They will never really know each other.

    October 6, 2008 at 9:52 am |
  157. Charlotte

    I think that schools shouldn't separate by gender, because when they are older, they will be working with the oppiste gender, so you need to get them used to eachother. I also think that it will just be over all better for everybody. I have a boyfriend who was in my sixth grade class, and if we were separated by gender, I never would have seen him, and got to know him better. So it helps with the social asspect of life as well.

    October 6, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  158. Jordan

    I think that it is good and bad in different cases. It depends on the school rules and how many students per class and age. Alot of things would turn out different at different schools.

    October 6, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  159. Hanna

    I believe that Felipe has just the kind of attitude that girls find annoying in guys! He makes it sound like boys are always better. May I be the first to prove him wrong! Make a stand girls!!

    October 6, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  160. Enkhjin

    I think to separate girls and boys is a stupid thing.

    October 7, 2008 at 11:17 am |
  161. Diana

    I wish to understood why they separate girls from boys. Why can't they just be together. Girls can be friends you boys too. They probably separate girls from boy because boys are annoying. I just want to understand why they separate. I never knew why because by cousin went to a school with no boys and she got used to hang out with girls.

    October 7, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  162. Mace

    i don't understand why people would want to seperate genders because your best friend might be a different gender. This caught me by the eye because people might also have brothers and sisters in the same grade that wants to be with thier brother or sister.

    October 7, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  163. Brooke

    From what I've read from the other comments, it wouldn't be a good idea. I have to disagree. I think that having boys and girls seperated would get some peoples mind on the work, instead of flirting and giggling with each other. I'm very young, so I don't know much about that, but I'm positive it happens. Yes, many of my friends are male, but I can't just think about me. I think that some girls, and some guys, think that the oppisite gender is annoying. I think both can be annoying sometimes, but that doesn't mean you have to fight all day every day, right. And if nothing helps to make all that stop, then they should be seperated. Plus, if the students work together (seperated by gender) then it should be easier, shouldn't it. I think it might be distracting to some boys and girls to be in the same class. Boys can learn by doing things physically and more wildly sense they like to run around and what not. Then girls could do something like maybe walking around outside, looking at scenes and stuff that have to do with the assingment and talking about what they're supposed to be learning about. Or if it's something like math or language arts or something like that, then they could sit under some shady trees by a pond or lake or something and do some work sheets, talk among each other, bla bla bla, stuff like that. Of course the teacher has to talk about it first.
    You may be friends, and you may get mad, but you're only seperated by the classes. At least you're not seperated by lives.
    -Brooke J.

    October 7, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  164. jkk

    they didnt do it a genarsion why sould we not be able to hang out with guys or grils!?!?
    plus i have guy friends and i dont want to be away from my besties!

    October 7, 2008 at 6:57 pm |
  165. kassdra

    i dont want to be away from mybesties guy firends! 😦

    October 7, 2008 at 7:00 pm |
  166. Elizabeth

    I would not like it since most of my friends are guys and I would miss them 😦 besides the girl in my school are very stuck up and i cant deal with them

    October 7, 2008 at 7:59 pm |
  167. Jarred

    I think I like how it already is with boys and girls together. I think this because I like having lots of kids in my class. I like having lots of kids in my class because I like to talk to them.

    October 8, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  168. Matt

    I was thinking about the same thing cause girls always tell on boys. I would still want at least some girls in my class just seperate the tables. Thats all i would like to say about this artical.

    October 8, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  169. Margarita

    i say they shouldnt becouse girls should interact with boys and get know the gender then growing up thinking boys are bad and mean and that there not cool and boys should know about girls becouse they should know that the boys knows better about girls and they could learn how act around girls

    October 9, 2008 at 1:17 pm |
  170. Allison

    I think separating the genders in a class room would be a good idea because both girls and guys think differently and should be taught differently. Also having separated classes could benefit the children in the long run because there would less distraction, ie guys looking at girls and thinking who is good looking and who's not or if you are going out with someone trying to pass notes and talk to them and if kids are trying to do that they are not learning the lesson. In a segregated classroom boys in one room and girls in another you would never have to deal with these kinds of distractions making it easier for kids to keep their mind on learning and listening to the teacher.

    October 9, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  171. Christina

    I think that this is a very bad idea because you would get less learning time yeah, I mean you would stay another hour but think 8 hours compared to one!

    October 9, 2008 at 6:51 pm |
  172. Brett

    I think that it wouldn't be fair to the students who get splt up from there original teachers. I also think that that would be ok for them to get split up, but i'm not sure which side I should agree with

    October 13, 2008 at 9:54 am |
  173. Hannah

    I wouldn't like the seperation between guys and girls in class. I don't think seperating the genders in a class room would help any learning or anything. I think class would be a lot more boring without guys in it. A lot of guys have friends that are girls and a lot of girls have friends that are guys, so if they did seperate guys and girls it would be just seperating friends from being in class. I wouldn't like being seperated by gender in school.

    October 13, 2008 at 9:59 am |
  174. brittany

    i think it's interesting that a guy could make a boat out of a pumpkin.

    October 13, 2008 at 10:06 am |
  175. laurie

    i think that myspace is cool and facebook i dont have one but my mom has one.

    October 13, 2008 at 10:08 am |
  176. Rachel

    if you seperate people by gender you are just saying to the kids that it is okay to jugde people by sex and i dont think that is right if you really want to seperate classes do it by what the KIDS are good at not there sex and some girls are more athletic and would rather have classes be out side and running and games then sitting in there class rooms while others are outside playing games and others would rather be inside working and having more hep if i were the teacher i would let the kids chose and if there grades were bad have them stay inside but it is that states chose

    October 13, 2008 at 7:31 pm |
  177. carl

    I wouldn't like gender separation because some of my friends are girls and I think they're cool!

    October 13, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  178. Olyn

    It's a bad idea,we need lady friends in the classrom because with out them things will be hecktic in the classroom.

    Sincerly,
    Olyn

    October 17, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  179. Damian

    i think Olyn is right guys doneed girls as friend,some boys in my class are annoying but i have this reallygood friend and she is a girl but she is awsome athletic and smart

    October 23, 2008 at 1:09 pm |
  180. anirudh

    I think girls and boys must be sepereted by gender because they will not have any distractions girls and boys can get better grades when they are sepereted. Even scintists have proven this. I am in middle school and I wish I was sepereted because they keep bugging me all the time .

    November 1, 2008 at 8:06 pm |
  181. Srinivas

    I agree with anirudh

    November 1, 2008 at 8:07 pm |
  182. anirudh

    I think students should be sepereted by gender because they get better grades when they are sepereted. Even scintists of 1980's have proven this amazing theory.

    November 1, 2008 at 8:10 pm |