Are single-sex schools better for young students? | The Tylt
Are single-sex schools better for young students?
While not true for everyone, it's been shown time and again and that boys and girls learn in different ways and at different speeds. Combine that with the fact that children don't always know the appropriate ways to deal with sexual hormones and you start to wonder why we have integrated classrooms at all.
A school should have simple priorities, to keep kids safe while teaching them reading, writing and arithmetic. Socializing can be done outside of school.
There is enough to accomplish without having kids distracted by trying to impress the opposite sex or even worse, sexually harass them. It can add to anxiety and emotional instability that struggling students might already be facing.
In a single-sex school, teachers won't favor one sex over the other, because there will only be one sex to work with. You'll get educators who can really hone in on what their students need and understand the mental space they inhabit.
Unless somebody has a contagious disease, forced segregation is always a bad idea. Boys and girls need to learn about each other and can benefit by seeing how each approaches different problems. Education isn't just about numbers and reading, it's also about creating an environment where the next generation of people can learn about the right way to behave. That includes how they should treat the opposite sex. The best way to do that is by normalizing interactions between them under the supervision of responsible adults. The students should think of the other sex as friends and educational colleagues, not just dates to be objectified.
Boys and girls can be positive influences on each other. For example, boys mature slower, so having girls around to exhibit mature behavior is a boon.
If we want to re-think education, we should start with class size and other fundamentals.