Do Children Learn Better in Boys Only School and Girls Only School
Do children learn better in boys only school and girl’s only school? This is a difficult question to answer because different individuals have carried out endless research without success on a definite answer. The reason behind this is that the factors affecting student performance are many, and they do not all revolve around gender. As a result, the issue of single sex schools has been greatly supported by the authors Bryk, Lee and Holland in their book “catholic schools and the common good” but also received great discrimination from authors such as Ivinson and Murphy in their book “Rethinking Single Sex Teaching”. With that said and done, I believe that students perform better in single sex schools because there is little distraction, contribution equality, teacher student bondage, and reduced premature pregnancies. The reasons behind this are that there is no distraction coming from the presence of the opposite sex, girls are provided with a learning environment that is free from the dominance of boys and at the same time boys are provided with a competitive environment that suits their abilities, teachers way of teaching is matched with the student’s favorable environment and ability to understand while the number of premature pregnancies and abortions is reduced because the frequent contact between boys and girls has been cut.
Boys are a distraction to girl’s concentration in class. Similarly, girls are also a distraction to boy’s focus. To be more precise, this is commonly experienced in the teenage stage of the students. The reason is because; at this stage, that their sexual hormones are developing and the sexual liking for the opposite sex increases. As a result, it is evident beyond reasonable doubt that during this stage, many of the girls will be distracted by the boys they have a liking for hence destabilizing their concentration in class. Similarly, boys will focus more on impressing the girls while girls put more attention on how pretty they look for the sake of impressing or gaining attention from the opposite sex. On the other hand, some boys and girls may be disturbed and feel uncomfortable by the attention they are getting from the opposite sex. It may affect their learning or even mental state. However, to avoid all this, boys only schools and girl’s only schools are the solutions to this problem. The reason is that the boys or girls will have no distraction from the opposite gender and will, therefore, channel most of their energy to studying other than personal beautification or attraction.
Most of the girls are naturally shy. As a result, when in a mixed gender class, boys tend to be more dominating in classrooms than the girls. This denies the girl child the right to freely and without fear defend her opinion regarding the topic of study. However, when in a girl’s only classroom, they have no fear towards each other and therefore feel free to contribute to discussions that are even more sensitive. For instance, girls in a mixed gender classroom may be reluctant to contribute on a topic concerning sexuality such as human reproduction. However, when in a girl’s only classroom, they feel free and relaxed to contribute comfortably towards any topic. On the other hand, boys who are slightly sensitive may find it difficult to air out their views regarding a certain topic in the presence of girls. However, while around his fellow boyfriends or classmates, he tends to be less rigid. Therefore, to allow freedom of contribution and reduce gender dominance in class, boy’s only schools, and girl’s only schools should be adopted.
The brains of boys and girls are slightly different in understanding and grasping content. Therefore, it may be difficult for a teacher in a mixed gender school to adopt a teaching style that is favorable for both sexes. As a result, since teachers are inclined to a specific mode of teaching, one may find it more favorable to a certain gender than the other may. For instance, boys tend to do better in a mode of teaching that is louder, physically active and more competitive. On the other hand, girls perform better in a setting that is quiet, systematic and unified such as group discussions. With that said and done, it is evident that a teacher whose teaching traits are more inclined to a loud and more competitive environment would suit a boy’s only school than a mixed gender school. On the other hand, teachers whose teaching traits are more inclined to a quiet and systematic environment would deliver best on a girl’s only school. Therefore, single-sex schools or classrooms are best suited for matching the teacher’s ability with the student’s ability to understand about the environmental setting.
With that said and done, critics, on the other hand, argue that mixed gender schools expose students to the real life that they are being prepared to encounter in the future line of employment. To be more precise, they state that single-sex schools deprive students of socializing with the opposite sex and may end up making it difficult for them to interact comfortably with the opposite sex at an older age. The reason behind this is that they were not exposed to the presence of the opposite sex at their tender schooling age. As a result, this argument carries a lot of weight because, after schooling, there is nowhere in the society that one will find an organization that hires only females or males. Therefore, the students from single-sex schools and colleges may find it difficult coping with an opposite sex colleague thus jeopardizing quality. However, to avoid this, single sex schools should come up with functions such as sports competitions, debates, and symposiums that are not gender discriminating to create a platform for their students to have a healthy competition and interaction with their opposite sex.
Secondly, critics of single sex schools also state that this is a form of embracing and adopting discrimination by form of gender. To be more precise, after separating the students in their schooling life, they will tend to develop the idea that they are not supposed to work or combine efforts with the opposite sex. As a result, this will have a great effect on their productivity. A good example is a woman who is the CEO of a certain company. If she studied in a girl’s only school, you will find her unknowingly discriminating the opposite sex in the workplace from promotions and rewards for good achievement. The same case also applies to men who studied in boy’s only school. They will have difficulty in trusting the abilities of a woman to perform a task well and therefore will end up discriminating them and allocating the task to a fellow man.
In conclusion, the topic on whether students perform better in a boy’s only school or girl’s only school is of great importance to the teachers, parents, and students. To be more precise, the teachers after reading this, they will understand better on how to handle their students especially if they are in a mixed gender school. On the other hand, parents will have the knowledge that will give them a broad scope of thinking on which kind of school that would suit his or her child. Lastly, in the case where the student may be privileged with the chance to choose the kind of school he or she would wish to attend, with this kind of knowledge, she will be aware of the school that would serve her personal interests and character best. Therefore, it is clear that students perform better in boy’s only schools and girl’s only schools because of maximum concentration, equality, effective teacher student matching, and reduced school dropouts. The reasons behind this are that the opposite sex offers no distraction, there are equal chances of contribution without one gender dominating over the other, the teachers ability to deliver is matched with the students ability to grasp and in his or her favorable environmental setting, and an increased number of girls get the chance to further or continue with their studies due to the reduced occurrences of premature pregnancies.