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Kazimierz Brudzynski

Mr. Butler

Literature

January 29 2018

Single-sex schools

What does single-sex education mean? Just imagine you are in a class with students the

same gender, every subject and activity you do at school is with the same gender. That’s how

single-sex schools work. It’s a type of education where male and female students attend separate

classes, or building, or schools. This form of education improves academic performance, boys

and girls feel more comfortable in untraditional subjects, and students have an equal opportunity

to learn.

There is no doubt that single-sex schools improve academic performance. Those who

believe otherwise say that it's expensive to run two parallel programs. That is an understandable

concern, however, single-sex schools have better academic achievement than coed schools. For

example, professor Alan Smithers said “single-sex schools appeared to be better as they

dominate the top positions in national exam league tables” and The Telegraph (British

Newspaper) also posted a chart of “A” level performance and currently there are 3 single-sex

schools in the top 10(Girls 'Better GCSEs in All-Girl Schools'). This shows that even though

there are only 250 single-sex schools they are performing very well. This also shows that the

students are more concentrated on learning. In addition, the school Dash research found that

“75% of pupils at single-sex schools achieved 5 good GCSEs compared to just 55% to co-ed

schools”(What Are the Advantages of Single Sex Schools?). This shows that the environment

the students are learning in effects the performance at school. This also shows that students in
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single-sex schools will most likely have a more successful life. In conclusion, single-sex schools

boost academic performance.

There is no doubt that in single-sex school boys and girls feel more comfortable in

untraditional subjects. Those who believe against this say it doesn’t prepare students for work

and family life. This is an understandable concern however it’s not like the two genders never

interact. For example, Harvard Kennedy School states that “Female students in single-sex classes

obtained better math grades than female students in coeducational classes, with an average

performance increase of approximately 7-10% with the range where most students

score”(Academic Performance and Single-Sex Schooling: Evidence from a Natural Experiment

in Switzerland). This shows that with no male competition females do better in math class. This

also shows that. In addition, Harvard Kennedy school states that “female students in single-sex

classes evaluated their mathematics skills more positively and were more likely to attribute their

performance in mathematics to their own efforts rather than to talent or luck”(Academic

Performance and Single-Sex Schooling: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Switzerland).

This shows that female students feel more confident. This also shows that this type of education

is beneficial for both genders. In conclusion, boys and girls feel more confident in untraditional

subjects.

There is no doubt that students will have an equal opportunity to learn in single-sex

schools. Those who believe opposite say that single-sex school environment doesn't fit all boys

and girls. This is an understandable concern however; boys and girls learn differently. For

example, university professors Myra and David Sadker published a book called Failing in

Fairness: How America’s Schools Cheat Girls in which a study of more than 100 classes shows:

“boys called out eight times as often as girls did”. This shows the gender unbalance because
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through grade one to twelve there is a majority of boys This also shows that girls are not

confident and not as active as boys. In addition, the study shows that “teachers ignored the “raise

your hand” rule, if a boy yelled out the teacher usually praised his contribution but girls who

called out got reminders to raise their hands”. This shows teachers favoritism. This also shows

the unfairness and unequal chance to learn. In conclusion, everyone will have the same chance to

learn.

Boys and girls seem more relaxed and comfortable when talking to a group of the same

sex. They can talk about shared experiences, personal things, and thoughts freely. School is like

a second home for the students. Nelson Mandela once said “Education is the most powerful

weapon we can use to change the world”. Single-sex schools are better than coed because they

improve academic performance, boys and girls feel more comfortable in untraditional subjects,

and students have an equal opportunity to learn. Solomon Ortiz once said “Education is the key

to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students”.

Works Cited
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Active, BBC. “What Are the Advantages of Single Sex Schools?” Advantages of Single Sex

Schools,

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“Girls 'Better GCSEs in All-Girl Schools'.” Google, Google,

www.google.com/amp/s/www.bbc.com/news/amp/education-35419284.

Grossberg, Blythe. “4 Reasons Why Single-Sex Schools May Be Right for You.” ThoughtCo,

www.thoughtco.com/advantages-of-single-sex-schools-2774613.

“Single-Gender Classes: Are They Better?” Single-Gender Classes: Are They Better? |

Education World, www.educationworld.com/a_curr/curr215.shtml.

“Single-Gender Education.” Coral Community Charter School, www.coralcharter.com/single-

gender.html.