Single Sex or Mixed Schools? Which are Better?
In recent years, single-sex schools are emerging across China. In 2012, Shanghai No.8 Middle School set up all boys’ classes, and in 2011, Zhuhai Girls’ Middle School started to enroll students from Guangdong Province, Hong Kong and Macau, which all sparked wide public discussion. Nanjing Huiwen Girls’ Middle School, the only girls’ school in Nanjing, East China’s Jiangsu Province that opened on August 31 and currently has 100 students in two classes.
Do boys and girls benefit from being taught together? Richard Cairns, head of Brighton College, says ‘yes’, Helen Fraser, chief executive of the Girls’ Day School Trust, says ‘no’
Some people think that children perform better in a single-sex school that can also help avoid gender discrimination and create a better learning environment, while others think it is a social regression. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Single Gender Schools are Better than Mixed Gender Schools
I will be proving why single-gender schools are better than mixed-gender schools. (Just for your information, I believe that mixed-gender schools are better, but for the sake of this topic, let’s pretend that that is not the case).
Single-Gender Schools: (Education) (of schools, etc) admitting members of one sex only; not coeducational
Better: Greater in excellence or higher in quality.
1. Students of the opposite sex can be a distraction.
Many teenagers in high school will be distracted by members of the opposite sex who they find attractive. Students (mainly teenagers) will prioritize getting a girlfriend or boyfriend instead of focusing on academics, which is more important for their life than a high-school partner.
2. Single-gender education can broaden the perspectives of learning for students.
For example, girls who want to study science or math often face the pressure of having to compete with mostly males. Girls who go to all girls schools no longer feel this pressure, since they are only competing with other girls. Same thing goes for guys who want to pursue more feminine subjects, such as poetry or other arts programs. In a all boys school, guys can more easily achieve their dreams of becoming successful in those areas because of less competition.
3. Boys and girls learn differently, therefore, creating two different environments of education for them will enhance their learning experience.
I think this one is pretty self-explanatory. Single-gender schools have teaching methods which can be applied more successfully to that specific gender, and therefore, improves the quality of education for both genders.