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grazianione | Elementary School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 2, 2009 at 9:18 AM via web

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Single Sex Schools

In the article located at : http://www.4troubledteens.com/singlesexschools.html

the article explains that in a 1995 experiment in Virginia, 100 eight graders separated for math and science. The girls immediately began to achieve more, become more confident and participate more often in class.

Just within the past few years researchers have used magnetic resonance imaging to actually watch the human brain work. They have been able to observe physical differences between female and male brains as they function, particularly at high level tasks such as the SAT exam. Understanding these differences have led to using different kinds of teaching methods for each sex.

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted December 2, 2009 at 12:07 PM (Answer #2)

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Thanks for the link. It makes some strong arguments, but I would also like to see more studies and research. What I have observed in my classroom, is that the classes which are predominantly male have less female participation--almost as if the girls are cowed by the boys.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 2, 2009 at 1:16 PM (Answer #3)

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I don't think there would be anything wrong with single-sex schools.  It's certainly not true that all girls end up not speaking up in class, but it does seem that guys tend to talk more, even if girls are often getting better grades.

It seems to me that separate schools might benefit both sexes because I think there's also somewhat more pressure for guys to act dumb around girls.

I wonder if there are any studies that show that there are specific classes/courses where segregation of the sexes would be more important.  Maybe that way you could have some segregated and some integrated classes and have the best of both worlds.

I'm wondering -- is your school contemplating this or are you just pondering?

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fernholz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted December 2, 2009 at 3:58 PM (Answer #4)

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There are plenty of pros and cons to same sex schools. Some pros of having a same sex school include students having more classes related to a career they may persue. We could find out what interests our students have and start training them for the real world.

Some cons of same sex schools include not learning about the opposite sex and students not having relationships with the opposite sex. We can really learn a lot about each other.

If students aren't able to hang out at school it's difficult for them to get to know other people in the community. I suppose having a community center or a teen hang out spot in the community could help with this issue.

I'm in the middle in regards to same sex schools. On one hand I believe students would achieve more in same sex schools, on the other hand, students aren't able to learn about the opposite sex and form relationships.

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lynn30k | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted December 2, 2009 at 7:29 PM (Answer #5)

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Another problem with this setup is that it speaks to generalities. Maybe MOST girls learn one way, and MOST boys learn another, but not all do! I'm female, but I fit much more the "typical" male sterotype of learning styles, and strengths in various subjects.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 2, 2009 at 8:56 PM (Answer #6)

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I should think that the restricted social learning skills would be a great disadvantage, as would a lack of male-female social interaction in general. On a positive side, both sexes should be able to concentrate on education and learning without the distraction of the opposite sex.

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hoffmaker | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 3, 2009 at 9:36 AM (Answer #7)

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Why is it always math and science?  I know those are male dominated fields, but until the study is done with all subjects, I find the current evidence to be flawed.

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archteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted December 7, 2009 at 10:33 AM (Answer #8)

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I have noticed a lot of what the previous posters are mentioning in my own classroom.  I have mixed-gender groups of juniors and seniors at all academic levels.  However, I think issues of gender interaction actually indicate a need for mixed-gender classrooms.  A girl who is too intimidated by the boys in her class to give an answer would thrive short-term in an all female environment.  However, she might enter a workplace or a college classroom having never learned to deal with the males that intimidated her in the first place.  If we as teachers are doing our jobs, girls should be able to gain confidence around males and females in a safe, mixed-gender setting.

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lrwilliams | College Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted December 20, 2009 at 9:26 AM (Answer #9)

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I am not sure that i would want to see entire school systems segregated by male and female. I have often wondered how it would improve the learning of both sexes if we had some segregated classes within the school. This would enable students to still learn the social skills required around the opposite sex.

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loubookhistory | Middle School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 24, 2009 at 8:07 PM (Answer #10)

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I feel there are pros and cons to the idea As a special education teacher I found many of my classes were all boys or maybe only having 1 or 2 girls but this seems to be a tendency in special education as boys tend to have more serious problems whether these problems wouldn’t have become serious enough to require the self-contain setting if they had initially been in an all male class would certainly make for an interesting study.  When I taught in an all male correctional center I almost wished we were coed as the boys from listening to them talk felt they would have learned more in how to deal with women On the other hand I have heard stories from women whose colleges have gone coed and have become very upset as they felt that having men would hinder them from expressing themselves.  In college a friend of mine came from an all male private school and he had many problems with dealing with women.

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tman2010 | Middle School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 24, 2009 at 9:37 PM (Answer #11)

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I taught in a correctional facility, as well.  We began as an all-male facility, then we became coed.  It did seem to me that we experienced more behavior problems in classes, and in the general environment, once we became coed.  On the other hand, there is the socialization factor.  Young men and women do need to learn how to relate to, and respect, each other.

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zahnrachel | Elementary School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 28, 2009 at 10:08 AM (Answer #12)

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A friend recently sent me a link to a school opening in Denver, which is a girls "athletic" school focusing on leadership.  The heading was "Your Dream School" so you can guess where my opinion lies.  I often wonder where I would be right now if I didn't have sports in my life growing up.  I had little self esteem and NEVER wanted to embarrass myself in front of the boys.  Sports changed that for me.  I think a school where girls see positive female leaders as a constant is a great asset to our educational system.  It will be interesting to follow this school and see how it develops.

www.galschools.org

 

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momentslost | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 3, 2010 at 11:31 AM (Answer #13)

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I feel there are pros and cons to the idea As a special education teacher I found many of my classes were all boys or maybe only having 1 or 2 girls but this seems to be a tendency in special education as boys tend to have more serious problems whether these problems wouldn’t have become serious enough to require the self-contain setting if they had initially been in an all male class would certainly make for an interesting study.  When I taught in an all male correctional center I almost wished we were coed as the boys from listening to them talk felt they would have learned more in how to deal with women On the other hand I have heard stories from women whose colleges have gone coed and have become very upset as they felt that having men would hinder them from expressing themselves.  In college a friend of mine came from an all male private school and he had many problems with dealing with women.

In college a friend of mine came from an all male private school and he had many problems with dealing with women.

 

THIS ALONE is the reason why single sex schools should be OUTLAWED.

I only knew 3 girls from church for the first 20 years of LIFE!!!

DO NOT SEND YOURR CHILD TO SINGLE SEX SCHOOL.

IF YOU DO your child will NEVER enjoy relationships with other gender and ALWAYS FAIL

 

 

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samsir | College Teacher | Honors

Posted January 4, 2010 at 4:17 AM (Answer #14)

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God has made men and women indispensable to each other. So, I'm tired of this old system of keeping boys and girls seperate. Look, the world will not come to an end if you son makes girls friends. The idea of Seperate schols for men boys and girls is an out dated idea. Both a boy and a girl has rights to mix with each other. Education does not only mean bookish  knowledge but it is an ability to have a better unerstanding of opposite sex. You obviously don't want your child to be a 'Marlow' in Goldsmith's 'She Stoops to Conquer'! I am afraid if you do so, hardly your son will get a girl like Miss. Hardcastel..

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thompso | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted April 14, 2010 at 12:27 PM (Answer #16)

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I think a school with the option for both would be idea.  Some classes could be single sex but the students can still engage socially with each other on campus. 

I personally have taught a few units where I arranged my students into single sex classes and the girls seemed to flourish. 

The other aspect to consider is the teacher-student dynamic.  Would the all male classes need to be taught by a female instructor?

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besure77 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted May 31, 2010 at 7:00 AM (Answer #17)

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I know that there have numerous studies indicating that girls do better in school when males are not present. I honestly think that this is matter that needs to be addressed within the family. I have known many people who have come from single sex schools and public schools as well and all have been fine.

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