The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Single-Sex Education

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Since the introduction of single-sex education in the 1990s, the people have debated on whether this type of education system was beneficial to modern day society. After many studies for and against single-sex schools were conducted, proof has finally been developed to support that the advantages of single-sex schools outweigh the disadvantages. Factors that make single-sex schools better than mixed-sex schools include: students achieving higher averages and therefore a higher education rate, an increase in opportunities and advantages based on sex, an increase in self-confidence and finally less distraction from the other sex. Single-sex education leads to students becoming more successful because they have more advantages and less worry…show more content…
Boys and girls have different learning styles, and exposure to these different styles helps them find their ideal way of learning. Single-sex schools also take away the pleasure of interaction between sexes, which can affect the future of an individual 's life if their social skills deteriorate or do not develop. Lastly, single-sex education in public schools was illegal in the United States up until October 25, 2006. This information is not widely known, which has lead the majority of the population to believe that single-sex schooling it is still illegal. When comparing both the advantages and disadvantages of single-sex education versus coeducation, single-sex schools are clearly the better choice of an education system as proven by studies, statistics, and success of the…show more content…
Since only one sex exists in such schools, the curriculum and style of the education is changed to fit the learning style of that specific sex. “Males and females have different learning styles,” according to psychology professor E. T. Higgins, "...you want to encourage the girls… while you give the boys a reality check; make them realize they 're not as brilliant as they think they are, and challenge them to do better" (E. T. Higgins). Due to such reasons, adjusting the styles of teaching can greatly affect the performance of the students. According to M. Therese Gnezda, Ph.D., another unique opportunity of single-sex schools is that "the curriculum and course offerings provide advanced work in areas of the children 's greatest interests and natural abilities” (Gnezda). To prove this, researchers at Cambridge University conducted a four-year study to determine what methods of education best boosted the performance of children from a wide variety of ethnicities and socioeconomic statuses. The results found that one of the best strategies for higher performance levels was the use of single-sex education, stating that “...the single-sex classroom format was remarkably effective at boosting boys ' performance particularly in English and foreign languages, as well as improving girls ' performance in math and science’" (NASSPE Single-Sex).

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