Break-O-Day Elementary School, in the Clark-Pleasant school district in Johnson County, is starting a pilot program that separates girls from boys in the classroom.
The school's plan is similar to one that Indianapolis Public Schools previously started, 6News' Ben Morriston
The gender-based program is supposed to tailor the education to the different ways boys and girls learn.
"We were seeing significant differences between how girls scored and how boys scored in the Language Arts on ISTEP," said J.T. Coopman, Clark-Pleasant's superintendent.
The program, which launches in August, will be voluntary and will only involve third-graders, with the permission of their parents.
"We're going to take a classroom of co-ed kids in both classrooms and integrate them, taking all boys in one section for writing, all girls in another section for writing and doing some really special and unique things with them," said Sue Fries, Break-O-Day's principal.
Educators said research shows that boys and girls learn differently because they are wired differently.
"Girls get right to their writing assignment. Boys may need to move around the room, draw it out, pace and think about it," said Bea Dunn, director of instruction. "They need to stand."
Parents 6News spoke with are receptive to the move. All of them said they would do it if they had the chance.
Officials said the change nurtures the nature of the sexes. If the program is deemed successful, it could be expanded to different grades and subjects.
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