In Support of Single Sex Education

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In Support of Single Sex Education

‘The ancient Greek philosopher, Plato, said that Co-education creates a feeling of comradeship. He advocated teaching of both the male and female sexes in the same institution without showing any discrimination in imparting education.’ (1) This statement appears in many of the independent co educational school websites. Having an ancient Greek philosopher’s authority behind your school has to be a good marketing ploy for prospective parents. However, schools neglect to add that Plato then went on to say that while women and girls should follow the same curriculum as men, he advised that this should happen separately from the boys and men. (2)

This essay will present evidence in support of single sex education based on academic achievement, learning styles, gender equality, cultural preference and promotion of self esteem and show how it is unlikely to damage later relationships between the opposite sexes.

Which is best? Co-education or single sex education? Because so many factors influence the outcome of these options: teaching quality, parental input, socio-economic to name a few, argument rages around the findings of many of the studies to resolve the issue.

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania studied a policy in Seoul, South Korea started in 1974, whereby children are compulsorily randomly assigned places at either a single sex school or a co- educational school. The policy was to prevent clustering of children at specific schools. This sort of study could not have taken place in the US because by law, children cannot be compelled to attend single sex classes (3) Academic achievement of these children were gauged by their progression to further education. They found that Children of both sexes attending single sex schools have a higher percentage of children going onto a 4 year college…...

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