Why a Boys’ School in the 21st
Schools that educate only boys enjoy some powerful
advantages over schools that serve both boys and girls. Boys’ schools are able to
develop their resources, choose their teachers, and design their programs with only
one goal in mind -- to meet the educational and developmental needs of young men.
During recent decades, ground-breaking brain research
using fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging), investigations into the developmental
differences between boys and girls, and studies of the sociology of schools have
all helped us understand how to best educate boys and girls. At the same time, ironically,
it has become clear that an alarming number of boys – most of whom are attending
coeducational institutions – are not succeeding in school. This well-documented
and broadly publicized phenomenon, coupled with new knowledge about learning, has
lead to a re-examination of many assumptions underlying current educational practices.
One of the results has been a growing understanding of the benefits of single-gender
educational settings and an increased awareness of the advantages of boys’ schools.
Some of the most compelling advantages of boys’
schools are listed as “bullet points” in the In Brief
portion of this section. The Documents of Interest section includes
a variety of papers and reports that address the benefits of boys’ schools.