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What burglars do?

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December 31, 2011 6:36PM

Burglars illegally enter property (houses, garages, warehouses) and steal the contents.

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March 28, 2011 1:23AM

Though most people in America attend co-ed high schools, students who go to single-sex schools often report greater happiness, better grades and more extracurricular activities. However, some parents worry that their students will miss out on important opportunities of socialization by attending single-sex schools. Both co-ed and single-sex schools have their own benefits, so it's important for parents to make an informed choice based on the student's own interests and talents. In order to decide where you should send your student to high school, it's important to think about his or her academic achievements, areas of struggle and social aptitude.

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It's also important to think about the areas where your student struggles. Studies have shown that students, particularly girls, are more likely to participate in single-sex classrooms than in co-ed environments. If you are worried about your student's proclivity to fall into classroom stereotyping, it might be best to send him or her to a single-sex school. However, outgoing students that show no difficulty expressing opinions in the classroom will do equally well in co-ed and single-sex schools.

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