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Readers Respond: Do You Think Single Sex Education Is Better Than Coeducation?

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Decades ago single sex education was the only way to go. Then coeducation became popular as we tried as a society to strive for equality of the sexes. The pendulum is swinging the other way as researchers and our own common sense tell us that boys and girls learn in different ways.

Growing Up Too fast?

I've always been in a coeducational environment, and have enjoyed it. Most girls in my school could care less about what the boys think of them. I'm one of the few in my freshman class that is taking an interest in drama and choir. Most girls are interested in things like crime, business, law, astronomy, and then there's the few who are like me who enjoy acting and performing. And my ballroom dancing class in mainly with males. If anything, it may be backwards. I can admit that some girls and some boys are so intimidated by the opposite sex that they feel the need to be the stereotypical girl/boy. They will eventually grow out of that, and if not, they still got the needed education. And the growing up too fast? If we spend our entire youth sheltered from the opposite sex, what will we learn from that? We may go to college and be scared out of our right minds of the other sex, and less social. Shouldn't college be the best years of your child's life? My opinion. :]
—Guest Nicole

All Girls

I have attended both types of institutions and therefore feel that I can provide a very valid opinion. It is important to complete secondary school with both boys and girls; however, in high school it is VERY different. An all girls school is the best way to go. It keeps a girl focused and she learns much about herself. It is her time to discover what she is good at, what she enjoys, to connect with other girls to develop strong friendships, and to learn the value of confidence,leadership, and an intelligent woman. All girl schools transform young girls into confident, well-rounded, intellectual woman who can leave the family nest to go to college to accomplish all their hearts desire. They develop drive, excellent work habits and the ability to see the beauty within them with or without the make-up. Girls also become more independent for they are the ones always fulfilling the leadership positions and in control. This is a very important quality women need to have in today's society.
—Guest Girl Power

A Mexican Point of View

I went to a single sex school. It gave me a special formation that has improved my life in several ways like being a good person and being responsible.
—Guest JP

Neutral on Single Sex Schools

It depends on the child. It's impossible to correctly generalize all children and assume that they would all either benefit or not gain anything from it.
—Guest megan

Prefer Coed

I have been in coed and all boys' schools. I prefer coed. I did just as well in coed and I enjoyed interacting with boys and girls as equals. There was a lot less bullying in coed too if you are not that into sports. I guess I went to a not very good all boys' school. Jocks were revered and everyone else was called gay. It does not matter what school you go to. If it is private then they will make sure you get into a good college. It should be private vs public which is better? That is the true question.
—Guest Mim

In Between..

An all girls or an all boys school is better because boys and girls learn differently. On the other hand, working in a classroom together builds social skills. It teaches them how to communicate with each other.
—Guest futoon

Co-ed All the Way!

I think co-ed is better. I go to a co-ed school and I think it's important to interact with the opposite sex. Otherwise, when you leave school, you won't have a clue! I also live in the country and don't get much of a chance to meet boys away from school. The ones I do are usually boneheads or bullies. At school there are some nice ones, so I don't end up thinking all boys are jerks. My friends and I go to a co-ed school. But we know who we are and put our interests ahead of boys' opinions of us. A lot of people say I'm smart. I do just as well in science as the really smart boys who actually enjoy it way more than I do. I am one of several girls who learn martial arts. There are lots of girls who enjoy sports, manual arts and science and aren't scared that boys will think they aren't feminine. The ones who do aren't worth stressing over. Some girls are highly competitive, even in a co-ed setting.
—Guest Kitty from Oz

Co-ed

I've attended co-ed schools all my life, and I don't believe there's any sterotyping. There were just as many boys in drama and choir as there were girls. Likewise there were many girls in the classes that some people mention as "male oriented" classes. Also you need to be able to work with the opposite sex when you get into the real world.
—Guest Kylie

Single Sex All the Way

Regarding the arguments for co-ed schools based on better communication between the sexes, I suggest that this is a pretty weak argument. I initially attended a girls' school then a mixed school. I preferred the girls' school. I have been married for 15 years. My husband attended a mixed school and he hasn't the communication skills to understand or converse adequately with any female. Communication skills and relationships between sexes have more to do with your home life and social upbringing than with your school environment.
—Guest GuestSSS

For AND Against

I've been to both kinds of schools and there are some good and bad things about each. Overall, I am slightly more in favor of single-sex schools. The Good: Girls don't have to worry about what they look like at school. This allows them to concentrate on their studies & developing knowledge of who they are without the distractions of the opposite sex. Also, girls were more open to accepting everyone for who they were, where they were from, what they believed, etc., which eliminated cliques. Lastly, most single-sex schools have a brother or sister school and events such as dances allow the students to mingle. This solves the needing to interact with the opposite sex argument. The negative: To agree with the need for opposite sex mingling argument, I saw that girls/boys tended to experiment with their sexuality because of the lack of boys/girls, which can lead to teasing.
—Guest Sara

Yes!!

I attended an all-girls school for 3 years. Now I'm studying in a mixed school. I think it's easier to do anything that we want. We will not be afraid to make mistakes. Boys always look down on girls' power. My previous school had proved that we can achieve anything without boys. We're free to do anything that we really want to.
—Guest NuFaA

Single-Sex vs Co-ed

I have recently started attending a single-sex school and I loathe it! It is the most unnatural thing in the whole wide world. Isn't being a teenager about chatting with your friends about guys and fitting in? Yes, parents tell us it's all about education; but you also need to live a little too! My personal opinion is that co-ed is the way to go because it sets you up for life with skills like mixed gender co-operation that are most important in nearly all job varieties. So I think co-ed over all is more beneficial for all.
—Guest Guest Jess

In Favor of Single Sex Education

It is true girls and boys do learn differently. That is why they should be separated. Besides, boys are a major distraction because girls will be too busy worrying about how they look, instead of listening to what is going on in class.
—Guest kaylee

Pro Single Sex Education

I have finished my secondary education and have now gone onto the school's sixth form. When I was younger, I felt really disadvantaged about going to a single sex school, I hated how my primary school friends had boyfriends, and I only came into contact with the immature boys from the city's boy's grammar. But as I became older and talked to my friends in comprehensive education, I found that they actually felt pressure to look nice, act right and be a certain way, in the hope of attracting boys, whereas we were able to be completely ourselves. This makes it sound like we didn't have any kind of social life, but this isn't true. Time spent out of school was with our male friends. As a matter of fact, I have far more male close friends than female. from my single sex education, I've received courage, ability to hold my own against the boys and feel thoroughly advantaged by my education.
—Guest guest

Unsure about Single Sex Education

I lean more towards the blended/ co-institutional approach. I do feel that on some level, single sex education can preclude social development. Obviously there's less contact with the opposite sex. Academia and social development are both important aspects within a child's life. None is better than the other. However, I do understand that boys learn differently as do females, and even within these categories, individuals learn differently. I think I'd stick with the co-institutional/blended approach. Certain areas aren't so isolated and there's more interaction between the sexes.
—MacConvie

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