Lawmaker Wants to Separate Sexes in Classroom

A bill introduced in the Michigan Senate could change the way kids go to school.

Senator Michael Switalski, a Roseville Democrat, says he would like to see middle school boys and girls placed in separate math and science classes. Switalski says the purpose is to make the girls feel less intimidated.

"Girls fall behind at that age," said Switalski. "They're equal up to that point, then I think with the social pressures and the play between boys and girls we all live through, they start thinking it's not feminine or in subtle ways discouraged from excelling in math and science. So if you take that out of the equation, you've provided better education."

Those who disagree with the proposal say the separation suggests to the girls that they cannot do as well as boys.