All girls or all boys schools provide a better learning environment than co-educational school. Express your views for or against the statement.
For the Statement
Researchers from around the world have not yet reached a consensus on which is better-: Co-ed or single-gender education. Every child, family and school is different. Still, some research –based statements can be made about how single–gender education can be better than co-educational schools. Girls and boys both have different requirements to develop in their respective fields.
On an average, students in a single-sex academic environment perform better than those in a co-ed academic environment. Although both genders benefit as a whole, girls receive an overall higher benefit. Research shows that they are more active in class, develop higher self esteem, score higher on aptitude tests, are more likely to choose stereotypically male-dominated careers, and do better in their careers after college. Girls need to be dealt in much calm manner while the boys need a much stricter environment. The NEA reviewed several studies on same – sex education and came to the conclusion that, one benefit of all girls school is that, girls tend to be more confident in the classroom when their male counterparts aren’t present. Even boys benefit from samesex classrooms as they tend to be less competitive and feel less peer pressure, especially in the area of physical development. In a co-ed classroom, boys are more reluctant to engage in cooperative learning due to their tendency to be more competitive with each other around their female classmates.
Thus, single gender schools encourage students to focus on their respective fields without any distractions which eventually leads to success.
Against the Statement
Co-education is no longer a taboo. Even in villages and small towns, girls and boys study together now-a-days. When girls and boys interact with each other right from childhood, the fear, craze and mystery of the opposite sex is removed from the mind. Moreover, they learn to understand each other’s individuality, behaviour and way of thinking.
Sitting, moving, talking, eating together removes a log of complexes and enables the person’s approach to be more complete and wholesome.
With the opening up of new vistas of learning and new opportunities of career, it has been understood that men and women contribute equally in every field of society. Co-education teaches both girls and boys during competition, to be tolerant and respectful towards each other. It creates better understanding between young men and women. There is no need for unnatural separation of boys and girls in our education system. There is no superiority or inferiority as far as intelligence is concerned. A girl is as skilled as a boy in the intellectual sphere, therefore, any competition is fair and equal. There is no feeling of shyness when boys and girls are made to stand with each other; it rather inculcates confidence for the future.
In a nutshell, separating the two sexes in education system is not an appropriate idea. ‘Distance leads enchantment to the view’. In other words, a lady in veil is a matter of greater attention whatever her beauty be. Therefore, coed schools try to abolish this kind of behaviour in opposite sexes.