maybe boys and girls could be taught separately for certain subjects in the same school and then brought together for easier subjects and school activities. but then that becomes really complex because you're unable to separate kids by competency as well. for example, in my son's grade school, reading and math groups are broken up into competency levels. the kids who already meet the standards are given slightly more challenging stuff to work on while the ones who are behind are given work at their level. to break it up further into gender would be very complex. and then what do you do when a kid doesn't fit clearly into a gender model? not personally, but in terms of how they learn. i've known enough women who are slightly ADHD-ish and men who are very studious and academic to understand that it's not that clear cut. the local grade school here seems to be doing a great job of allowing for various styles of learning/teaching without having to break kids up by gender. another example is how math is "taught." it's difficult for me to explain, but the emphasis is on teaching many different ways to come to the right answer. the teacher doesn't care about the answer itself as much as sh/e cares about the students knowing multiple ways to discover that answer.
totally off-topic, but drssgchic i thought you'd appreciate this. apparently last night, a mountain lion broke into the window of an acquaintance's office. this is just an office building, it's not like there's a ton of food in there or anything and no one was there. before you call BS, they captured it on security camera. s/he's still roaming around, GF&Ps has spotted it in a frequented hiking spot in town.