Could same gender classrooms be coming to Whiteville?

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WHITEVILLE, NC (WECT) - A principal in Whiteville wants to separate some 6th grade classrooms by girls and boys in hopes to increase learning productivity.

"Ultimately the goal is to improve academic achievement," said Central Middle School principal Frederick Hill.  "But, at the same time there's some personal goals for students. Help boost self esteem, and it also will allow them to be exposed to other environments in learning."

Hills says research shows boys and girls learn differently.

"Boys tend to be competitive, girls tend to be more collaborative so with that we can use it to make gender specific lesson plans to go along with those traits that are different," said Hills.

Many of the students in the school seem to like the idea.  Emily Fowler, a 7th grader, said she sees both sides of the issue.

"In life you're gonna be around boys anyway, so you may as well get used to being with them," said Fowler. "I think you would get more stuff covered with just being a girl or boy class then you have a few other classes that have both."

Hill said he will wait until he has the support of all major players in the school district, but according to law, the principal has final say over the issue.

Central is in it's 7th year of school improvements and is in jeopardy of being taken over by the federal government.

Hill hopes to introduce the single gender classrooms at the beginning of next school year.

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