For the past month I have been acclimating into my new position as a preschool director. My assistants and I have been getting ready for the new school year. We sent out class lists a little too early this summer, and have been receiving some negative feedback from the parents. Here's why:
As unusual as it seems, we have a class in our school that has all boys. This happened because we only have two classrooms for the two-year-olds. One room has eight boys and the other room has three girls and five boys. I prefer not having a solo girl in a room of all boys, so I put the girls together. It seems quite harmless to me that we have a room of all boys; however the idea of having their sons in an all-boy class is disconcerting for some parents. I've investigated this for the past week and cannot find any research that suggests single-gender classrooms in early childhood education are a bad thing.
What is your experience with this? Have you ever had a class that was all one gender? If so, how did it work out? Did you have problems with any of the parents? How did you handle them? Would you do it again? Please share any stories. I know I’m not the only school with this situation in the fall. Your comments will help lots of other directors, too!