All-girl schools have been gaining popularity in recent years because of the belief that girls learn better when they aren’t competing with or intimidated by boys, who statistically get more attention in the classroom. Do you think single-sex schools are a good idea? Why or why not? Use speciﬁc reasons and examples to support your position.
Education has long been taken as one of the most important issues all over the world, which is regularly put at the top of the agenda in every speech in the competition for presidents in many countries. Due to its profound impact on the development of countries, there have been a lot of proposals recommended to improve the quality of education with a view to consolidating the human capital of the nations. Among these proposals, one that has aroused a lot of contrast opinions is the idea of single-sex school, in which boys and girls are divided into schools of their own genders. From my perspective, I do not agree with this idea due to its negative impacts in shaping the characteristics of our future citizens.
Firstly, single-sex schools cause children not to develop appropriately. Studying in a class with only boys or only girls makes to be less confident when they have to socialize with the others coming from the opposite gender. There are many skills which can not be achieved when they are confined to such a homogeneous environment, such as dealing with embarrassing situations that involved both boys and girls, preparing the role model of a typical girl for their future life. One research has shown that boys studying in single classes are likely to divorce in their 40s, which may be resulted from this way of education, in which they have few opportunities to learn how to understand and behave to girls. Students that studying in such kind of classes tend to be less efficient in working with people of the opposite sex, which can not be easily learnt right after graduating the school of one gender.
Secondly, students in the single-sex schools are likely to choose their subjects of interest according to their classmates. To put it simply, there are more and more gender-specific subjects such as mathematical, physics, or chemistry are default to be for only boys while social studies like Literature, and Languages are deemed to be of girls’ interest. Some may not realize its detrimental effects on the development of a country as many industries would operate better with the association of employees from both genders. Girls of single-sex schools arguably may take the natural science with not much difficulties, nonetheless, it seems hard for boys in these schools to take up the subjects, which are considered to be for girls. How can he overcome the irony comments from his peers? This story is really common not only in single-sex schools but also in mixed ones. And as this trend seems to develop, it is hard to imagine how many fields can operate efficiently without the attendance of people coming from both sexes.
Some may argue that there are many researches having proven the effectiveness of the practice of separating boys and girls in different schools through providing us with the impressive study results of students. It is indisputable fact that students in single-sex schools perform better than their peers at the coed ones, thanks to the learning environment with less distraction. Students studying in the single-sex schools are not likely to get involved in teenage love affairs at early ages, which in turn makes them concentrate more in their works at school in stead of expending time, money and effort on finding ways to attract their boyfriends or girlfriends. It is true to some extent, however, the purpose of schools do not stop at helping students get the good academic background. There are lots of things that students should be equipped with to struggle in the real life beside theoretical knowledge provided at schools. Therefore, the point of better academic performance is reasonable, though, it is not enough to outstrip the negative impacts exerted on the society.
In the light of the above analysis, I once again want to show my disagreement toward the idea of separating students into specific schools for each gender. This way of educating has profound implications not only on the gender-stereotype of students, the characteristics of them but also on the society as a whole. Educating students in a mixed school is the best way to develop human properly, reaching the natural balance as well as contributing to the development of the society.