Sweden goes backwards to be so ‘forward’…..
Anger as Swedish school tests girl-only classes
Adolfsbergskolan is separating girls and boys for a few weeks. Photo: Google
A school in Sweden is trialling gender-separated classes in an effort to break students out of negative patterns, challenging more than 40-years of Swedish educational orthodoxy.
When students in classes 9c and 9d at Adolfsberg School in the city of Örebro returned after their Christmas holidays, they found that their classmates had changed so that they were only studying with students of their own sex.
Their parents then received a letter informing them that for the next six weeks their classes would be divided into “a class consisting of girls and a class consisting of boys” for all subjects apart from science, according to the local Nerikes Allehande (NA) newspaper.
Adolfsberg School’s headmistress Anneli Widestrand told The Local that there had been a “misunderstanding”, arguing that it was wrong to to see the single sex groups as actual classes, as the sex segregation would only last “a few weeks”. It was better seen as a one-off intervention to “strengthen knowledge development” among certain pupils.