Learning in an environment with all students around you being those of the same gender can often give students non-realistic perceptions of what college and the “real world” will be like. They can become too comfortable with learning just in this way and that will be a setback for these students in the long run. Naomi Thiers says, “Some people believe it's better for students to learn in mixed groups that are more reflective of society — and that any return to single-sex arrangements will lead to the stereotyping of students of both sexes.” Students are able to attend single-sex colleges, but there are only a small amount of those type of schools throughout the United States. Learning in a setting with the oppos... ... middle of paper ... ... Journal of Education 39.2 (2009): 191-204. Web Gill, Judith.
With the ongoing issue for women’s rights, it is important to teach the younger generations to accept the differences in gender and to treat everyone as equals. Although people gravitate towards single gender schools because of it allows students to connect easier as a family, the segregation of genders may cause a rift between gender equality. A study by Liben, a university psychologist, and her graduate student Lacey Hilliard, found that highlighting gender promotes stereotyped views in children as young as 3 (Novotney). By teaching children to close the gender gap at an early age, it can decrease gender inequality. Also, reports claim that female students in single gender schools are less likely to consider science or computer based classes, also known as,“boys classes” (Yates).
Making an effort to level the educational system does not mean things have gone too far. It must be realized that gender differences are here to stay in combined schools and the dynamic should be embraced to improve education for all. Even discussing the topic of gender roles in school can bring out the worst of stereotypes concerning the two sexes. Boys like to play with cars and trucks and play sports while girls like to sit in corners and brush their doll’s hair while being sweet and quite. Neither of those scenarios are correct, yet it cannot be denied that there are real difference between the sexes that act upon the quality of education.
The use of single sex education has been used since the 19th century, with the common idea being that if boys and girls were separated during the school day, it would allow for fewer distractions in the classroom. To this current day, many people still believe in the use of single sex education, which is still being utilized in many areas of the United States. This issue is on a national level due to it being an issue that needs to be addressed by the whole country. In light of the increase of single-sex schools, the United States government must require schools nationwide to offer a less distracting environment without the opposite sex in all subjects, which provides each sex with greater self-confidence and higher academic success. In a school of all girls or boys, students will have a less distracting learning environment.
Despite these laws, gender bias is still prevalent within American schools. A proposed solution to gender bias is gender segregated classrooms, which has proven to be a popular alternative to co-ed classrooms. Leonard Sax, author of “Six Degrees of Separation: What Teachers Need to Know about the Emerging Science of Sex Differences,” is a leading proponent of single-sex schools. Single-sex schools are not without critics though. Jaclyn Zubrzycki’s article, “Single-Gender Schools Scrutinized,” claims that single-sex environments “are not inherently beneficial for boys or most girls.” When considering both Zubrycki’s and Sax’s findings, it would seem that the ideal solution to liberate the American education system of gender... ... middle of paper ... ... teachers to believe that boys are more intelligent than girls.
When it comes to females in a single sex school their learning experiences and outcomes may be different of that from males. There are many statistics suggesting that all boy or girl schools are more beneficial to the students, as opposed to a tradition co-ed school. But many other statics may say otherwise. One reason people might say all male or female schools are better is because there is no distraction from the opposite sex, or no pressure of maintaining an expectable appearance or look to the male/female eye and because this is one less big distraction the student will be more focused then they would be at an integrated school. A disadvantage is that in the future of the student’s life when they have to go into the real world, they may be at a lost as to how to socially interact with the opposite sex.
Being at school should not be about getting whomever to notice you, it should be about getting the best education possible. Mixed-sex schools become an issue because of the different genders distracting each other and taking away the concentration on learning. Boys also tend to pick on girls when they like them or just for fun, which causes the girls to focus on what the boy said or did to her. The girls will most likely end of getting better grades and then getting into better or more prestigious colleges. On the other hand, some people believe that not having males in the learning environment can be an issue.
However, the major disadvantage would be the student 's families. Some families do not like it when their children are schooling in a diversified environment. To evade such demerits, the presence of diversity and equality should be paramount in our education system instead of creating a caste system. Conclusively, all students are entitled to equal access to good education despite their race, social or economic status. Kozol discusses the problems causing the segregation and the effects of the system and also how schools relate to these concerns.
For strict and concerned parents wanting their children to have a well-balanced education, these things could pose a serious problem. With these realizations in mind, there is a line of understanding of why many parents would believe it best that their children go to single sex schools. But is this truly what is best for your child, to send them to a school where every day there is only the same girls, or the same boys? There is no escaping it. Boys and girls
It is an old approach that is picking up new momentum. Schools have an important role to play in preparing girls and boys to listen and communicate effectively. Single-sex schools are very bad because it affects children attitude, learning skills and make them think negatively. Some people think that single sex schools are good because girls and boys feel free to talk, ask and raise their hands without being made fun of, "The theoretical approach termed 'girl power' argues that girls lag behind boys in some subject in co-ed classrooms." (predit, 2014).