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ERIC Number: EJ1099533
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Beyond Insanity: Creating All Male Classrooms and Schools as a Policy Option in the Portfolio of Local School Districts
Goff, Wilhelmina D.; Johnson, Norman J.
Forum on Public Policy Online, v2008 n2 Sum 2008
Over thousands of years the brain has evolved. Our ability to change its structure is quite limited. What we can do is change the way we work with the brain and appeal to it. These notions are the building blocks for this paper. Three strands of intellectual work (neuroscience to include social intelligence, pedagogy, and environment/culture) are explored. Their relationship with each other is considered. The objective is to find a path with a higher probability of closing the fiercely persistent gender gap in educational performance especially for the performance of young men of color. Instruction informed by the gender findings emerging from neuroscience to include social intelligence is a path forward likely to produce better best practices and educational interventions. The environment/culture strand aligned with better best educational practices will produce an intervention that works thus yielding a performance pay off for boys and girls. New male schools along with new ways of working with the parents of those who populate these schools and new ways of engaging the community can produce enduring performance success. Educational interventions that work will aid in shrinking the persistent performance gap. This should insure that every child has a chance to wisely invest every day so that he or she can participate in the emerging flat world as an option.
Descriptors: Single Sex Classes, Single Sex Schools, Educational Policy, Portfolios (Background Materials), School Districts, Gender Differences, Gender Issues, Intervention, Academic Achievement, Brain, Neurosciences, Evidence Based Practice, Individualized Education Programs, Socialization
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