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Same Gender Schools: Pros and Cons

Lately, there has been a debate between same and mixed gender schools. Some believe that one gender in one school is beneficial, while others believe it is divisive between males and females. One argument is that the two genders learn differently, and a non-coed classroom would allow the teacher to focus on that gender’s learning preference. For example, girls are shown to learn better in warmer environments. On the other hand, boys learn more in a cooler classroom. Another possible advantage is that teen pregnancy rates are lower in same-sex schools.

It isn’t only students learning new things however. Each teacher must learn a whole new technique of teaching. They must have complete understanding of how to bring out the advantages of non-coed schools. If they don’t, the experience could be detrimental.

One 6th grade student, Jade, says “It doesn’t really make a difference, as long as they are learning.” Multiple students expressed the feeling that they, along with their opposite gender friends and family, would be sad if they couldn’t see each other at school. It is shown that females get the most benefit from non-coed schools. However, research shows boys get an educational boost as well.  All of the fifty top elementary schools and every one of the top twenty high schools in Britain are single sex schools.

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