Gr 6-10-This brief overview of single-sex education introduces readers to the history of coeducation in the United States and presents arguments for and against girls-only and boys-only schools. The first two sections are devoted to background information on the controversy and past practices. Both successful and unsuccessful case studies of school systems around the country are cited. Noted experts like Michael Ruhlman, author of Boys Themselves (Holt, 1997), and representatives from the American Association of University Women weigh in with their opinions. Surveys and statistics stand out in bulleted text boxes and sources are cited in an extended bibliography. The following four sections make a case for and against sex-specific schools. Though the narrative isn't particularly passionate or lively, the facts are presented in a balanced fashion that contains enough information for students who are doing research or are interested in attending a single-sex school.-Katie O'Dell, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.