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Director pushing for boys-only schools

The Toronto District School Board is poised to go boy crazy, withboy-only classes, “boy-friendly” teach­ing and an all-boy grade schoolamong ways the new director hopes to help young males do better inschool and lower their dropout rate.

The Toronto District School Board is poised to go boy crazy, with boy-only classes, “boy-friendly” teach­ing and an all-boy grade school among ways the new director hopes to help young males do better in school and lower their dropout rate.

In an ambitious report he calls A Vision Of Hope!, based on 200 meetings with staff and community members, TDSB director Chris Spence is calling for more single-sex classes, programs and schools.

Next September, he wants the board to open a Male Leadership Academy for boys from kindergarten to Grade 3 as a sort of alternative school with many teachers being male.

The advocacy group People for Education has raised concerns about specialty schools, citing research in Britain and Canada that shows a system of specialty schools can lead to “social segregation.”

Toronto board chair John Campbell said he expects Spence’s plan to meet with little resistance next week when it comes up for approval by trustees.

 
 
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