They think that gender is not as important as education itself, but researchers have started to notice the difference in education when males and females are separated in school classes, and they have begun to perform some experiments about what is better for both genders. They took some countries as examples for their research and analyzed the consequences of this separation such as Saudi Arabia. It is clear that many parents now prefer to put their children in single sex education; and this subject is under processing now to make more opportunities and choices for supporters and not so demanding. According to Danielle Wood “in 1995 there were only 2 public single sex schools in the country. By 2007 there were 49.
According to the Times of India, a study examined students ' performance and attitudes in math and science; verbal skills; and attitudes about school, gender stereotyping, aggression, victimisation and body image. The total sample included 1,663,662 participants in 21 different countries. They did not find sufficient evidence to show any difference in these attitudes between boys and girls in single-sex classrooms. The research, which analyzed 55 years worth of data, refutes theories that girls thrive when separated from boys, and that boys perform better when they have a curriculum specifically tailored to them. Although single-sex schools achieve exceptional exam results, there is no solid evidence that this is the result of keeping boys and girls apart.
Benefits of Co-ed Schools The topic of effectiveness between single-sex schools and co-ed schools has been an on- going debate throughout the years. Single-sex schools are schools divided by gender rather than being mixed. They are growing more popular as learning is easier without the distraction of the opposite gender which may also result to higher grades and standardized test scores. But there are also negative effects to this style of learning. For one, single gender classes can increase gender stereotype and segregation, along with decreasing student diversity.
Girls and boys learn differently, their brains do not function the same way which means they need to have different learning strategies. Most research on Single-sex education have just advantages for girls. The advantages for girls are that they are more encouraged to take what they call “boy subjects” like science, math, and autos. Girls are usually uncomfortable to take the “boys subjects” because they do not want to be teased for being a “genius” or “nerdy”. As it says in the source of single-sex classes and Equal opportunities for girls and boys: perspective through time from mixed comprehensive schools in England... ... middle of paper ... ...he teachers have activities to make the boys more involved and have less chances to misbehave.
On average, students in sexually segregated education environments outperform students in coeducation settings academically (Mullins). Single sex schools have more advantages than coeducation schools; for these reasons parents should consider sending their children to these schools. Boys and girls learn differently. The learning environment that accommodates boys might not suit girls. Boys move naturally, they squirm around in the chairs or desk; this active energy requires them to have challenges, sports, and electronics (Hughes).
In 1993, students performance at Shenfield High School, a high school in England, started to take a downturn. Not only did it show on required, standardized tests, but overall grades of the students were going down as well. The students didn’t care about their grades, and were more concerned about socializing during school hours. The principle looked at the studies of single sex schooling and decided, in 1994, to separate the school into two different academies, but under the same roof. It was still one building, and the same students attended, but they were separated.
Do standardized tests really improve the quality of public education? For years they have been used to judge schools' academic performance and assess the needs of students. No longer can illiterates be graduated from high school. No longer can teachers pass a student from one grade to another without having taught that student anything (Spellings). While these advances are beneficial, standardized exams often hurt already disadvantaged schools, promote states to lower their standards of education, and cause schools to focus more on the exams themselves rather than on their students' actual learning (Karp).
The students are being distracted by the other gender, due to examples such as, sexual harassment and the inappropriate appearance and dress code of students. Single-gender schools can help teachers to gear their instruction to a specific gender, rather than generalizing it to please both genders. While co-educational schools can assist students to be interactive with the other gender, single-gender schools can be more beneficial towards a students’ education. Many people don’t know that single-sex schools actually originated before co-educational schools. Usually it was only the boys who went to school, while the girls stayed home and worked.
In recent decades there has been a significant amount of research conducted for and against single-sex education. The choice between coeducational or single-gender schooling has various implications for the academic, psychological and social development of the student. Single-sex education is a normal practice in other countries due to cultural or religious beliefs. Single-gender education fell out of fashion in the United States in the 1970’s. It regained popularity in October 2006, when federal funding for single-sex classrooms in public schools as long as they as they are (1) voluntary and (2) of "substantially equal" quality content and teaching (Morin).
After going to an all-girls school for fifteen years, I have noticed and become more appreciative of my education. It is often argued that single-sex schools prevent a lot less pressure and instill confidence. In single-sex classrooms, girls and boys are encouraged to explore subject areas not normally identified with their gender. Teachers will usually adjust their instruction to better fit how a boy or girl learns, which can be more advantageous in a single-sex environment. There are benefits to attending a single-sex school; boys and girls learn differently and should be taught in separate environments to have a better focus on his or her learning style.