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Single Sex Education Best for Girls Who Prefer Single Sex Environment

Single Sex Education Best for Girls Who Prefer Single Sex Environment

A recent study conducted in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago suggests that single sex schooling may be beneficial only for girls who “prefer a single sex environment,” but is not “inherently beneficial for boys or most girls” (Education Week). The study attempted to show that girls who attended a single sex school from 6th to 10th grade would score higher on a standardized test. It focused entirely on academic performance and did not analyze social development.

The benefits of single sex education have been under close scrutiny since No Child Left Behind allowed states to “fund programs to provide same-gender schools and classrooms” in 2002. So far, attempts to determine whether single sex education is beneficial to boys, girls, or both have been inconclusive.

Determining the pros and cons of single sex education is notoriously difficult because of the variety of variables involved, including the fact that most children in single sex schools are there by choice, and that curricula tends to vary widely between coed and single sex programs.

Dr. Leonard Sax, an advocate for single sex schools, called single sex education “an opportunity” for teachers to utilize different teaching styles tailored for girls or boys and their learning styles. But some are concerned that this attitude could lead to stereotyping of girls and boys and limit their educational opportunities.

In the end, single sex schools are probably similar to coed schools– there are excellent ones, terrible ones, and much of their success or failure has a lot to do with individual teachers and students rather than an overarching philosophy about segregating the sexes.

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9:10PM PDT on May 21, 2012

I love sex all the time, I enjoy wetting my flower by a guys hug dick

7:45AM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

On this question, the poll above really should have an "it depends" button in the middle. If I were the parent or guardian of a girl, I would support her in going to the type of school that ~she~ wants to be in.

6:32AM PST on Feb 15, 2012

I think that boys and girls in the same class is better because it lets everybody see how the other half reacts to things. Separation just brings out the 'mean' in some people over who is top dog.

8:23AM PST on Feb 13, 2012

It is interesting to consider, however, I would prefer to send my children to a school where girls and boys aren't differentiated, where gender roles are non-existent. Sadly, in the U.S. it seems that homeschooling would be the only way to achieve this.

5:53AM PST on Feb 12, 2012

It would be outrageous to teach girls alone!


2:51AM PST on Jan 29, 2012

I went to an all girls school and was very thankful for it. I feet always very threatened and afraid of young boys and found them very aggressive, and I felt more safe in my signle-ed school, and definitely this way the focus was on education. Now in uni, and am fine with mixed classes.
Meanwhile however, my mom went to co-ed school and her experience was, that in all the mixed classes it was good and everyone got along. Then there was one class that happened to coincidentally have only girls and said there, the girls were more mean to each other. She thinks that if there is both genders they both act better to not look bad.

4:13AM PST on Jan 28, 2012

Must admit I loved my all girls convent school.

1:02AM PST on Jan 28, 2012

I agree that it depends on the girl, and to some extent the school. I was a tomboy in elementary school and always had boy buddies who liked to play the same games I did. I had girl buddies too. In my first three years of high school, they tried an experiment where they segregated the boys and girls in classes (although the school itself had both genders). I didn't like it one bit. I was academically successful but I think I would have been under either scenario. I did think it brought out the worst in the girls and it didn't seem to do much for the guys either, from what I saw of them.

12:59AM PST on Jan 28, 2012

Segregation of any type is usually wrong. I do think sex education classes should be separate for at least part of the program. Otherwise separating boys and girls just leads to difficulty in social situations later on.

9:02PM PST on Jan 27, 2012

Works wrong in the end.

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