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From VOA Learning English, this is the Education Report.

美国之音英语教学,这里是教育报道!

Should girls go to school only with other girls? Is it better for boys to attend all boys schools? Educators at school for girls in Washington D.C. believe children in classes of the same sex do better, but other experts say there is no real evidence to support that idea. They believe there are other more important things that make a school effective.

女孩应该去女子学校吗?男孩去男子学校会更好吗?华盛顿特区的学校的教育工作者坚信孩子们在同性别的学校会学的更好。但是还有些专家表示并没有证据支持这一观点,他们相信一定有其他一些更重要的因素决定学习有效性。

Excel Academy is the first all-girl school in Washington, D.C. that is independently operated and supported by taxpayers. It was established in 2007 and opened its doors in 2008.

卓越私立学校是华盛顿特区的第一所由纳税人独立运作和支持的女子学校。2007年建校,2008年开始招生。

One of its students is Anyreah Clavijo who is 10 years old. Anyreah attended kindergarten in a classroom with boys. She says boys have different interests than girls. She has now been at Excel for the last five years and praises it.

Anyreah Clavijo是学校的一名学生,她10岁了,Anyreah上幼儿园的时候班里有男孩。她说男孩和女孩的兴趣不同,她现在在卓越学校还要上5年,对学校她也赞不绝口。

"They would like support me and tell me that I can do it. They make me feel like I'm loved and that I'm the smartest person in the world," Anyreah said.

Anyreah说到:他们支持我,告诉我我可以胜任一切,他们使我感到自己被爱着,并且让我相信我就是世界上最聪明的人。

The Excel Academy provides free education to children from families without much money. It serves more than 600 girls from preschool, the youngest children to grade five. Three meals are served each day.

卓越私立学校为家庭困难的学生提供免费的教育。目前在校人数有600名,最小的孩子从幼儿园一直到5年级。每天提供3顿饭。

Kaye Savage established the school and leads it as its chief executive officer. She says that when boys and girls are taught together, the teachers teach for the boys. She says boys are a little louder and much more active than the girls. In her opinion that makes girls second-class citizens in their own classrooms and schools.

Kaye Savage建立了这所学校,并且任执行总裁一职。她说当男孩和女孩在一起上课的时候,老师的注意力在男孩身上,男孩比女孩声音大,比女孩更活跃。以她的观点来说的话,女孩在班级在学校就属于“二等公民”了。

But Galen Sherwin at the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU, disagrees. She says the ACLU thinks that the evidence, in her words, is not really there to support claims that same sex classrooms produce better results.

Galen Sherwin是美国公民自由联盟的一员,简称ACLU,她不同意上述观点。用她的话来说ACLU并不支持同性教育会取得更好的结果。

"Similarities between boys and girls are much greater and more relevant than any differences. Certainly any differences that exist are not relevant from an educational standpoint," Sherwin said.

Sherwin 表示“男女生之间的共性很大,且比任何差异都更具价值。当然从教育角度来说,男女生之间存在的任何差异不具价值。”

Elaine Weiss is an education expert at the Economic Policy Institute. She believes other considerations besides same sex classes have a bigger effect on children success in school.

Elaine Weiss是经济政策研究所的一名教育专家。她相信一定有同性之外的注意事项在孩子学校教育上起更大的作用。

Ms. Weiss says everything that happens in children's early development is important. This includes how their mothers * and felt during pregnancy, and she asks did the child attend a pre-kindergarten program to help get ready for school.

Weiss女士表示孩子的早期发展中发生的一切事情都非常重要,包括在母亲怀孕期间,她们的感觉,都对孩子有影响。她提出质疑孩子们参加学前教育真的对以后的入学有帮助吗?

"They start for example in pre-school, so they're addressing some of that early gap before kids get to kindergarten. They keep their classes relatively small, so that teachers can have a one-on-one conversation and interaction with students. They have enriching after-school opportunities," Weiss said.

Weiss说,例如他们从学前教育开始,就能解决孩子上幼儿园之前的一些早期差距。他们保持班级规模不大,这样老师就能和学生们一对一交流和互动。他们丰富了课余的机会。”

And Anyreah Clavijo is not sure if she will always attend an all-girl program, but she is happy what she is.

Anyreah Clavijo不确定自己是否会一直会参加同性学校,但是至少现在她非常开心。

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The Never-Ending Controversy Over Same-Sex Education

From VOA Learning English, this is the Education Report.

Should girls go to school only with other girls? Is it better for boys to attend all boys schools? Educators at school for girls in Washington D.C. believe children in classes of the same sex do better, but other experts say there is no real evidence to support that idea. They believe there are other more important things that make a school effective.

Excel Academy is the first all-girl school in Washington, D.C. that is independently operated and supported by taxpayers. It was established in 2007 and opened its doors in 2008.

One of its students is Anyreah Clavijo who is 10 years old. Anyreah attended kindergarten in a classroom with boys. She says boys have different interests than girls. She has now been at Excel for the last five years and praises it.

"They would like support me and tell me that I can do it. They make me feel like I'm loved and that I'm the smartest person in the world," Anyreah said.

The Excel Academy provides free education to children from families without much money. It serves more than 600 girls from preschool, the youngest children to grade five. Three meals are served each day.

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Kaye Savage established the school and leads it as its chief executive officer. She says that when boys and girls are taught together, the teachers teach for the boys. She says boys are a little louder and much more active than the girls. In her opinion that makes girls second-class citizens in their own classrooms and schools.

But Galen Sherwin at the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU, disagrees. She says the ACLU thinks that the evidence, in her words, is not really there to support claims that same sex classrooms produce better results.

"Similarities between boys and girls are much greater and more relevant than any differences. Certainly any differences that exist are not relevant from an educational standpoint," Sherwin said.

Elaine Weiss is an education expert at the Economic Policy Institute. She believes other considerations besides same sex classes have a bigger effect on children success in school.

Ms. Weiss says everything that happens in children's early development is important. This includes how their mothers * and felt during pregnancy, and she asks did the child attend a pre-kindergarten program to help get ready for school.

"They start for example in pre-school, so they're addressing some of that early gap before kids get to kindergarten. They keep their classes relatively small, so that teachers can have a one-on-one conversation and interaction with students. They have enriching after-school opportunities," Weiss said.

And Anyreah Clavijo is not sure if she will always attend an all-girl program, but she is happy what she is.

And that's the VOA Learning English Education Report. I'm Bob Doughty.


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