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Teen Kids News (Episode 949)

4 minutes

A drastic change is being made in certain public schools around the country. As Felipe reports, girls and boys are being separated, some say for their own good. What superpower would you most like to have and why? I'd like to read minds. If people are thinking something about me, I could know what they're thinking.

(Felipe) At the Young Women's Leadership School of Astoria, this special class allows students to share their dreams and fears.

(girl) It's nice because we can ask our teachers anything. There aren't any boys to pick on you. There are girls you can relate to.

(Felipe) That comfort is one of the goals of this public school. YWLS wants girls whose families can't afford private school to have the same choice as wealthier kids. An all-girls school, high expectations, dedicated teachers, a strong vision and mission. Something good is happening. These girls, who might not have had these opportunities, are going to college. What are some suggestions, if you were the teacher, you would make to the writer? The author didn't give enough details or feelings about how she or he felt.

(Felipe) Surveys show only 70% of public school students across the United States graduate from high school on time. Let's go. First group. Is everybody ready? Everybody should be ready.

(Felipe) The issue is more serious in this community, especially for boys. In the Bronx, only 26% of males of color graduate high school within four years. Our rate was over 70%.

(Felipe) The Eagle Academy expects an even higher percentage will graduate this year. It believes boys can focus better if girls aren't in their line of sight. With females around, it distracts me. If he's a god of the waters...

(Felipe) There are different theories about what boys and girls need to succeed. Boys tend to need more action and more interactiveness.

(Felipe) At YWLS, girls are often encouraged to do something they love-- talk in groups.

(teacher) Talk about what you've noticed in this paragraph, where are problems that you've seen, then suggestions you would make to the author. This sentence, "I was craving pizza," it's supposed to go in front of "of course." Giving them an opportunity to have productive classroom conversations is something that is more likely to engage them or interest them, and is much more likely to actually have their brains working through speaking.

(Felipe) However, some experts say there haven't been enough studies on how boys and girls learn to support separating them. Whether single-sex or coed, what school is best depends on the individual student. The family has to think about their child and make decisions about how the teaching and learning takes place in that school and whether that's a good match.

(Felipe) Derek's dad had enrolled him in another school when he decided to send him to Eagle Academy instead. He already sees improvement. Derek is more confident, a little more outspoken. One of the things I see here, they address the young men as scholars. That gives them a sense of confidence. So many families are interested in these schools, there are not enough spaces available. To learn more, check out our website.

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In this segment, Felipe reports on the advantages of single-gender public high schools. The story takes a look at both all-boys and all-girls schools. Many students agree that they are more focused in class and feel more comfortable in group discussions. Part of the "Teen Kids News" series.

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