All students certainly need both, but it seems that teachers need to consider the issue of structure more with boys and the issue of connection more with girls. Few educators are formally trained to use gender-specific teaching techniques. The high school boy who says he doesn't like to read might enjoy The Hot Zone a non-fiction book about an Ebola-like virus isolated near Washington, DC several years ago. Andrew Hunter, a school principal who has taught at both coed and single-sex schools, says that "there is a subtle pressure toward gender stereotyping in mixed schools. In South Carolina, the state department of education assists schools with each of these areas and provides ongoing technical assistance through a statewide coordinator whose sole function is to support schools in creating, implementing, and sustaining single-gender programs. In terms of bullying: This finding holds whether you're looking at urban schools or rural schools, affluent schools or schools located in low-income communities. Ultimately, each school determines whether exercising the single-gender option would be a good fit and then takes responsibility for the program's success. The South Carolina Office of Public School Choice and Innovation offers statewide workshops, on-site or Web-based professional development, monthly newsletters, an annual conference, and site visits. I strongly believe that they made possible the development of interests and skills that led me to undertake a PhD in history. At most coed high schools, if you're a boy, you're either a "geek" or a jock, but not both. Here's a quotation from Graham Able's report: Bridging that academic chasm, they argue, deserves more attention than does the gender divide. If you're a boy at a coed school, being an "A" student does not raise your status with other boys. Does single-sex education work for boys? A boy never knows where that teacher will be 20 seconds from now.