All-boys middle school hopes to start...

All-boys middle school hopes to start in fall

There are 27 comments on the Asheville Citizen-Times story from Apr 20, 2009, titled All-boys middle school hopes to start in fall. In it, Asheville Citizen-Times reports that:

ASHEVILLE Will Yeiser had been looking for a way to connect his love for the outdoors with his passion for teaching children.

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Jackson County

Cullowhee, NC

#1 Apr 21, 2009
I think this is a great idea and I wish my son, who is now in seventh-grade, had access to something like this. He does better with hands on, experienential learning and lots of individual attention - something traditional schools are lacking in. However, how are people supposed to afford $9,000 a year tuition? Will there be some grants and other types of financial aid? What about a location? Good idea, but a lot is still of unanswered questions.

Since: Nov 08

The Mountains of WNC

#2 Apr 21, 2009
Not a new idea, G. Stanley Hall proposed separate schooling for boys and girls over 100 years ago. I think that the tuition is steep, considering today's economy, unless some grants and scholarships are going to be available. Good luck to this project. The only drawback I see is the tuition.
A_Citizen

Inman, SC

#3 Apr 21, 2009
Their web site says they'll have an information session on tomorrow, Wednesday, April 22nd from 5:30-7 pm at the Grove Arcade Conference Room.
A_Citizen

Inman, SC

#4 Apr 21, 2009
Jackson County wrote:
However, how are people supposed to afford $9,000 a year tuition?
If they go charter, as the article states, it will be public = tuition free. I'm sure they want to open it up to everyone. If it's like the other charters in town, they'll have waiting lists a mile long. The issue won't be cost but space. Not sure why they're going private first. Last I heard the state still had the number of charters capped at one hundred and there was a push to allow more to open. Maybe that's the hold up. Anybody know?
A_Citizen

Inman, SC

#5 Apr 21, 2009
Wiley Coyote wrote:
Not a new idea, G. Stanley Hall proposed separate schooling for boys and girls over 100 years ago.
That was the norm, but not for the reasons we think of now. Private schools were always single sex and public high schools often were, too. Boys and girls needed to be prepared for different things.
Badger

United States

#6 Apr 21, 2009
WONDERFUL idea !!! And especially for this age group !!

Since: Nov 08

The Mountains of WNC

#7 Apr 21, 2009
A_Citizen wrote:
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That was the norm, but not for the reasons we think of now. Private schools were always single sex and public high schools often were, too. Boys and girls needed to be prepared for different things.
Umm...no, research showed, and still does, that middle-school aged people learn more when the classes are segregated according to sex. It's the distraction element of having the opposite sex in the room when the hormones are raging. It had nothing at all to do then or now with "boys and girls needed to be prepared for different things." Hall's writings on the subject are plentiful, and if you're interested you might check some of them out.
Devils Advocate

AOL

#8 Apr 21, 2009
A_Citizen wrote:
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That was the norm, but not for the reasons we think of now. Private schools were always single sex and public high schools often were, too. Boys and girls needed to be prepared for different things.
"Prepared for different things?" Like girls need to learn to iron and boys to shoot game? The reason segregation of sexes works has nothing to do with that. It's HOW they learn and how to keep distractions to a minimum...
for the record

Asheville, NC

#9 Apr 21, 2009
Is that Costa Rica trip included in the 9k?
Miss Purdy

Charlotte, NC

#10 Apr 21, 2009
Hmmmm....ask the English what goes on at all-boys schools.
Tomboy

Taylorsville, NC

#11 Apr 21, 2009
This two-sizes-fit-all assertion that "boys and girls learn differently" is highly problematic. While there are differences between the average girl and the average boy, there are much greater differences within each gender than between the two on most of the personality and learning characteristics that have been studied. By segregating the genders and teaching them different curricula, you rob children who don't strictly adhere to their gender stereotype of opportunities to find the learning style that works best for them.
ReDnEcK wOmAn

United States

#12 Apr 21, 2009
Jackson County wrote:
I think this is a great idea and I wish my son, who is now in seventh-grade, had access to something like this. He does better with hands on, experienential learning and lots of individual attention - something traditional schools are lacking in. However, how are people supposed to afford $9,000 a year tuition? Will there be some grants and other types of financial aid? What about a location? Good idea, but a lot is still of unanswered questions.
Exactly, I have a friend who is not able to afford this and her son will be high-school aged by the time they may get the school to become charter? if anyone finds out about grants or financial aid for it please write me back on it here, ok? thanks! and good call, Jackson County"....
Think Different

Asheville, NC

#13 Apr 21, 2009
Miss Purdy wrote:
Hmmmm....ask the English what goes on at all-boys schools.
This is a day school - not a dorm situation where your dirty little mind could conjure up all kinds of pajama games for boys, eh?
west asheville

Sewickley, PA

#14 Apr 21, 2009
This school will be for the wealthy. Parents who send their children there do not want them associating with common public school kids. They have no intention of allowing income challenged kids to attend. Get real!!!
Skippy

Asheville, NC

#15 Apr 21, 2009
Sounds like a NAMBLA wet dream.
Its Like This

Waterloo, Canada

#16 Apr 21, 2009
Parents who wish to send their children to this school will find a way to do so. 9k is rather inexpensive for a private school. This is good for students who want this type of atmosphere, clearly it isn't suited for all boys.

For Jackson County, perhaps you need to contact JaxCo Public Schools about their early college program that is housed at SCC. Sounds like your son would fit in perfectly instead of the fast paced crowed classrooms of SMHS.
terrible idea

United States

#17 Apr 21, 2009
Skippy wrote:
Sounds like a NAMBLA wet dream.
Ted Haggard and a whole list of republican sex offenders are slated to teach.
West Asheville

Sewickley, PA

#18 Apr 21, 2009
NAMBLA!!! HaHaHa....I haven't thought about that in years. You are exactly right!

Since: Nov 08

The Mountains of WNC

#19 Apr 21, 2009
Skippy wrote:
Sounds like a NAMBLA wet dream.
And you sound like a pervert.

Since: Nov 08

The Mountains of WNC

#20 Apr 21, 2009
Tomboy wrote:
This two-sizes-fit-all assertion that "boys and girls learn differently" is highly problematic. While there are differences between the average girl and the average boy, there are much greater differences within each gender than between the two on most of the personality and learning characteristics that have been studied. By segregating the genders and teaching them different curricula, you rob children who don't strictly adhere to their gender stereotype of opportunities to find the learning style that works best for them.
Umm...I think you missed the point. Boys and girls learning in sex segregated classrooms is for the purpose of cutting down on distractions as people middle-school age have the "raging hormone" problems starting to kick in. Research shows that kids that age learn more when they are segregated by sex, and are forced to concentrate on studies rather than on that cute guy or girl in the next seat.

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