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All sorts of semi-revealing factoids are out there, for example: a greater percentage of Iranian women attend university than American women.
When I took part in the International Mathematical Olympiad I observed the Iranian team in a study session.

The Iranian team was one of very few teams to have any girls in the team. In fact it was 3 male and 3 female students, which must have put them at the top of the female opportunity league just behind Denmark.

However, the boys and girls sat at separate tables several metres apart and studied separately, with the instructor going back and forth between the two tables.

I don't know what this says for Iranian society vis-a-vis American society
I don't either, other than it's a different society.

Most economists teach a theoretical framework that has been shown to be fundamentally useless. -- James K. Galbraith
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Apr 20th, 2009 at 05:54:16 AM EST
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Integrated but separate. That's one of those things I'd note and file away. I have no idea if it means anything, what that might be, or how it all works out (in both senses).

But I' remember it.

"It Can't Be Just About Us"
--Frank Schnittger, ETian Extraordinaire

by papicek (papi_cek_at_hotmail_dot_com) on Mon Apr 20th, 2009 at 07:57:39 AM EST
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I believe that girls do better if separated from boys in school. It may also be the case that boys also do better.

That said, there are some problems with sex segregation.

aspiring to genteel poverty

by edwin (eeeeeeee222222rrrrreeeeeaaaaadddddd@@@@yyyyaaaaaaa) on Mon Apr 20th, 2009 at 12:24:26 PM EST
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Im sure I've read somewhere that most of seperate sex schools apparent difference in performance is down to socio-economic factors. Richer parents with more of a culture of family education are more likely to select single sex schools, and so it only appears that single sex schools outperform mixed sex schools.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Mon Apr 20th, 2009 at 12:28:26 PM EST
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At the Physics Olympiad, some of the Arabian teams make an explicit political point of gender balancing - or at least they did when I attended, but that's been the next best thing to five years...

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Mon Apr 20th, 2009 at 05:48:56 PM EST
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