Single sex education and dating
There’s a widespread belief that single sex schools help to challenge gender stereotypes and broaden the educational aspirations of both girls and boys.Single sex schools enable girls and boys to feel free to learn and discover any subject, with girls able to pursue interest in male-dominated subjects such as maths and science and boys able to explore music and the arts.The purpose of education is not only to teach children academic skills; they should be able to socialise and interact with members of the opposite sex to prepare them for adult life.There is a danger that children in single sex schools can view the other sex in an entirely unrealistic, ideological way.In mixed sex schools, good teachers should be able to play to these strengths and maximise the competitive and dominant nature of boys and the collaborative, project-based nature of girls to achieve the highest levels of both educational attainment and social development.Over the decades, the single sex schools versus mixed schools debate has resurfaced frequently with strong opinions on both sides.Many head teachers and educational experts ultimately believe that a school’s strengths should be based on the quality of teaching and not purely on the gender of their students.
This is partly due to recent news that girls in single sex state schools get better GCSE results than those in mixed schools, including those from poorer backgrounds.Our guests are JANET HYDE, Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and one of the authors of the new paper, and LEONARD SAX, a psychologist, author and founder of the National Association for Single Sex Public Education.Yes, these students are less distracted than students at coed schools. In the article, “The Pseudoscience of Single-Sex Schooling”, the authors write that the recent push for sex-segregated education is “deeply misguided, and often justified by weak, cherry-picked, or misconstrued scientific claims rather then by valid scientific evidence.” There are roughly 500 public schools that now offer single-sex classes, a significant increase from a decade ago when there were only a few which worries the paper’s authors. They point to the differences in the brains and learning styles of boys and girls.Today, we’ll debate the effectiveness of single-sex education.