FOR SINGLE-SEX EDUCATION

AGAINST SINGLE-SEX EDUCATION

1. FEWER DISTRACTIONS

Boys and girls are fundamentally different, and their journeys of discovery are along different paths. In a co-educational environment students may become concerned with their physical appearance and distract themselves from their own resourcefulness. A single-sex school provides a relaxed environment where students are free from pressure of the opposite sex and can excel academically.

1. OLD-FASHIONED AND OUTDATED

Religious patronage of single-sex schools is no longer suitable in today’s secular and diverse society. It is an outdated practice that supports the antiquated belief that boys and girls are so different that having them in the same classroom would be morally and educationally detrimental to their development.

2. A MORE TAILORED EDUCATION

There is the opportunity for a more tailored curriculum at single sex schools, and in turn a more efficient allocation of resources. It in turn allows for free and open discussions in the classroom on topics specific to their gender, that may be inhibited were there the opposite sex present. This leads to more student participation in class.

2. PROMOTES GENDER STEREOTYPES

Single-sex schooling promotes gender stereotypes by unnaturally inhibiting boys and girls from forming friendships amongst each other, thereby perpetuating antiquated patriarchal structures once they leave school. Viewing the opposite sex as foreign leads to a lack of respect and understanding between the two genders that inevitably leaks into society.

3. EMPOWERMENT

Single-sex education is particularly beneficial to girls, where it can provide an empowering all-female environment as they grow into young independent women. It also provides a safety net from the erosion of self-worth than may accompany bullying by their male peers, allowing a greater emphasis on female education, achievement and self-esteem.

3. LACK OF DIVERSITY

Bullying can be rife in single-sex schools where pack mentalities may flourish more easily than if there were members of the opposite sex present. This is especially in the case of gender nonconforming boys or girls who do not fit the typical mould of their sex. Co-education provides greater protection to these students due to the level of existing diversity by simply having both genders.

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