Friday, January 07, 2011

A simple plan with great benefits

A Columbus school teacher told me that his school has gone to separate lunch hours for boys and girls. "Wow," I said, "What's next? Uniforms?" "I wish," he said.

He says the discipline problems and fights have gone way down. I'm not surprised, but I don't blame the guys, I blame the girls (I be one, you know).

My epiphany was a little late in coming. About 10 years ago we were waiting for our food at the Old Bag of Nails a pub in Tremont Center, our Friday night date spot before we shifted to the Rusty Bucket in the Lane Avenue Center. There was a non-stop noisy table next to us. Much screeching, whooping and screaming--about 6-8 30-something adult women, and two guys younger. It was probably an after work get-together to celebrate something. The 2 guys left for a few moments, either to smoke or to get away from the incessant chattering magpies. The minute they were out of earshot the women settled down. They began quietly discussing things important to them--children, husbands, boyfriends, hopes, dreams--whatever, it was all in hushed tones. Girl talk, not performing for the guys.

I'm all in favor of genderizing the lunch hours in high schools. With separate classes for boys and girls, the girls would do much better, and finally, some of the boys would begin to shine.


Ladybug Crossing said...

One year in middle school, LLB's Geography class ended up being a class of all girls.
The teacher said it was the easiest class to teach. There was no flirting. There was no posturing. There were no behavior issues. She ended up doing a whole lot more with that class because they settled down, did their work, and didn't fool around. She did say that the class had a tendency to be a chatty class, but they were much easier to control than a mixed boy/girl class.

Norma said...

When wealthy politicians send their kids to private schools, they are almost always segregated by sex.

Anonymous said...

Murray sez:
Isn't there something to be said about learning to be comfortable around the opposite sex? Just a thought.

Norma said...

Murray: that depends if you're the 50 year old teacher who gets lunch room patrol and has to referee the fights.

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