I have had a lot of conversations, recently, about the merits of single sex education in a co-ed setting. As the teacher of a year 5/6 boys class, I am completely sold on the idea and have seen a lot of evidence to support single sex education for boys. While undertaking some professional reading recently, I came across some statistics that stunned me from a report compiled by the Pell Institute. These really outline why it's important that we look at all options to make school a more successful place for boys.
• For every 100 girls suspended from public elementary and secondary schools, 250 boys are suspended. For every 100 girls expelled, 335 boys are expelled.
• For every 100 girls diagnosed with a learning disability, 276 boys are so diagnosed.
• For every 100 girls diagnosed with emotional disturbance, 324 boys are so diagnosed.
• For every 100 girls aged 15-19 who commit suicide, 549 boys in the same range kill themselves.
• For every 100 women aged 20-24 who commit suicide, 624 men of the same age kill themselves.
• For every 100 girls aged 15-17 in correctional facilities, there are 837 boys behind bars.
• For every 100 women aged 18-21 in correctional facilities, there are 1,430 men behind bars.
• For every 100 women enrolled in college, there are 77 men enrolled.
• For every 100 women who earn a bachelors degree there are 67 men who earn that same degree.
• For every 100 women who earn a masters degree, there are 62 men who earn that same degree.
These statistics are confronting. What can we do better to help our boys succeed?