Positive Effects Of Single Sex Schools

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A popular educational debate focuses on whether single sex public schools have a positive impact on a student’s learning. Single sex schools have shown positive effects for both boys and girls and have helped their education enormously by reducing distractions in the classroom, allowing teachers to adapt to gender-based learning styles, and eliminating gender stereotypes. According to Leonard Sax, the popularity of single sex schools has been increasing since it’s introduction in the 1990s, when only 3 single sex public schools were available in the United States. Today, however, there are about 500 public single sex schools available (“Learning Separately”). Single sex schools have provided an abundance of positive effects for both boys and …show more content…
Students can learn better without the continuous distraction of the opposite sex. For instance, boys are more likely to act out, cause a commotion, and disrupt the class, and often times, their classmates encourage the disruptive behavior. However, studies show that boys, who would be very distracting in co-ed schools, are more inclined to follow their interests and thrive in all boy schools (“Research Spotlight on Single-Gender Education”). Furthermore, students won’t be intimidated by the opposite sex and will be able to pursue their interests. In her article, “Co-educational Schools are Bad for Girls,” Belinda Parmar points out that girls attending single sex school, are “more comfortable responding to questions and sharing their opinions in class”. Since girls’ and boys’ opinions are easily skewed by the opposite sex, single sex schools permit students to freely speak their minds and follow their passions without worrying about what the ‘cute boy/girl’ sitting in front of them is doing, and instead fully focus on their education. In single sex classrooms, students no longer have to worry about impressing the opposite sex. For instance, boys can choose to explore more feminine subjects like english, without feeling pressured to keep their masculine image. Likewise, if girls are interested in so-called ‘geeky’ subjects, such as science and …show more content…
Single sex schools allow children to be diverse and follow their passions by breaking down the stereotypes held by society. Humanity makes it difficult for girls to have influence over men, even when they are young. In school, boys are more likely to take control and lead the class around. However, single sex schools allow boys and girls to reverse roles and give the unspoken girl or the shy boy a chance to be in control. Co-ed schools are found to focus primarily on male accomplishments in science and history. Parmar states that “there is a lack of female protagonists with only 27% of all central characters representing women” (Brain-Based Teaching in the Digital Age). The lack of female protagonists is related to the lack of female domination throughout the world. However, single sex schools prevent opposite sex domination, and give girls a chance to be assertive. With the lack of boys, girls are also found looking into the usually male-dominant subjects like math, science, and technology. Although studies show that boys usually dominate in math and science, no one advocates computer science to be only for boys. Some girls enjoy learning about computers and how they function; however, when they are in the presence of boys, girls are less likely to follow their passions, especially if it means going against the norm. With the lack of boys, girls are more commonly found looking into the usually

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