QC’s single sex classes yield interesting results

An experiment by Queen’s College (QC) to test how single sex classes would perform in a mixed-school environment, should be used as a model by other secondary schools, says Principal Dr David Brown.

Back in 2010 the school introduced the concept of single gender classes, experimenting with all-girls, all-boys and a mixed group of students entering the educational institution.

Six years later, it would seem that the all-girls class of 35 students, which the pupils referred to as beta – an apparent reference to beta testing in software development – has outperformed the others, securing 14 of the 26 scholarships and exhibitions won by QC in this years academic awards.

“It was the single gender class being done at the school where in 2011 we decided to test this whole idea of single gender classes within a co-ed environment. So from in first form randomly – we didn’t use no criteria or nothing so, the computer [picked them]. We didn’t use common entrance score, height, colour, race, religion, nothing and one class was all boys, one class was all girls and then the other three were mixed and what we did was to follow them over a five-year period . . . and there is this feeling that the all-girls beginning the experiment right up through, performed better than the boys. I want to say that from the initial evidence, looking on the surface it looks like that, but when the statistical tools were put to the data, they did slightly better, but it was no significant difference,” the principal explained.

However, he is warning it is too early to come to any educated conclusion, stressing that the students were focused and worked hard.

Brown also stressed that there would be a better sense of its success if other secondary schools get involved.

“What I was looking at here is to see if you can have single sex classes within a
co-ed school and see how it would work so that you can offer people the option of having a class with all girls, all boys, or a mixed group and see how it would work. But I believe the others should try it out before we do anything.

“I would like to see some of the other secondary school take it up . . . . There won’t be enough data, but it would be useful to see a number of the other secondary schools do it. It is not difficult to do. It is just a matter of setting the classes – a mixed gender and single classes – and then observing the data. They would be taught by the same teachers, they will have the same tests and then you will be able to observe the performance of classes with single sex as opposed to coed,” he told Barbados TODAY.

8 Responses to QC’s single sex classes yield interesting results

  1. Kathie Daniel August 25, 2017 at 7:29 am

    How did the equivalent boys class perform?

  2. Lee August 25, 2017 at 7:35 am

    This streaming model offers hope not only for gains in academic standards but also in the development of young people’s emotional intelligence. We keep children’s ages together as much as possible because of the differences in maturity, so why not expect that mixing genders for academic application can have a similar unbalanced effect.

  3. Greengiant August 25, 2017 at 8:02 am

    The more things change, the more they remain the same. I was one of the guinea pigs in the co – educational model. It has never worked for the better of our students, and the Ministry have all the trends and results over the years. We know it has been a failure academically. So now the approach is to have the gender independent teaching within the co – educational setting.

    Are we too afraid to turn back the ship even though we know the direction has produced almost fatal educational results? Principal of Q C Browne has produced a model, now he is suggesting that other schools test the model as well. So we’re looking at another five years of sailing the ship in the wrong direction before we change direction. May God grant us the courage to change with haste. What about a meeting of heads, former students, teachers and education officials of the seventies and eighties meeting to present their experiences from this change.

  4. Tony Waterman August 25, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    “Are we too afraid to turn back the ship even though we know the direction has produced almost fatal educational results?”

    This was a DISASTER from Day one, and i don’t understand why it took all these Over Educated BLOATED Bureaucrats so long to notice the build up of “The Boys In The Hoods”

    Turning Back now would mean that they would have to admit to a Humongous Failure on their part, don’t look for that to Happen.

    iIf they acceed to Principal Dr David Brown.of QC, it will be done secretely over a period of time, not all at once, that would be noticed.

    it was a huge Mistake back then, but they did it anyway, and we can physically see the Results of that mistake Today.

  5. Shoni Boyce
    Shoni Boyce August 25, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    I think this is a backwards move! We had this model before and it was decided to move away from it. One of the issues of having a coed environment is the lack for mentoring of males and females. Boys should be taught how to be men, girls should also be taught how a woman should behave and carry herself.
    These lessons need to become a part of our curriculum to set boundaries and expectations to effectively coexist. Just food for thought.

  6. Alex Alleyne August 25, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    It is widely known that “Single Sex Classes” bring POSITIVE results.
    Time to get back on track cos Barbados in trouble as is.

  7. Kevin August 26, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    How did the BOYS perform? After all the talk about BOYS being distracted by the girls, how did the single sex class of BOYS perform?

  8. J. Payne August 26, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    Wasn’t integrated classes of both genders done because schools with women weren’t given as much resources as ones with all men because women were thought to just become domestics/housewives/?


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