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Boys and girls 'should be educated apart'

03/09/2010 Joanna
Boys and girls develop at such different rates that it could be more effective to educate them separately.

This is the opinion of Alison Morris, editor of, who noted that both genders' learning styles are very different.

"Both genders' learning styles are also very different. Boys prefer more active teaching methods, benefiting from hands-on, practical lessons, but they are also the most adventurous learners and less fearful of making mistakes," she explained.

Ms Morris claimed that girls are more likely to be more anxious to please their teachers and more tentative than their male counterparts.

Different methods of teaching, more finely tuned expectations and gender-targeted work could help boys and girls flourish in the classroom.

Research published last month by the National Literacy Trust revealed that 39 per cent of female pupils read every day, compared to 28 per cent of males.
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