The Benefits of Same-Sex Education

A growing trend in America today is the practice of same-sex education. Once a norm across the world, schools are beginning to see the benefits of educating their male and female students in separate buildings, classrooms and campuses.

Same-sex education was once the only option for students before coeducation become standard in the early 20th century. Whether based on tradition, religion or the female inferiority complex, males and females have been receiving their instruction separately for hundreds of years. But now, researchers, school administrator, parents and teachers once again like the idea of separating the sexes. According to recent research studies, one of the most compelling reasons for same-sex education is the differences in learning speeds and styles between boys and girls. For example, girls develop their fine motor skills and language abilities four years faster than boys. That’s why girls’ handwriting and prose is generally much clearer and easier to understand. Conversely, boys develop their spatial skill before girls, which make them traditionally better at math at an earlier age than girls. Also, researchers claim that the introduction of hormones and the recognition of the opposite sex make both boys and girls act differently in a co-educational classroom than if they were surrounded by members of the same sex.

Another compelling argument in favor of same-sex education claims that students educated separately generally outperform their peers who are in co-educational environments. One reason for this is the special training teachers can receive when they teach a single sex class. And because they are teaching a more homogenous group of students, they can better address their similar issues and struggles in the classroom. Also, studies show that in same-sex education students are more likely to take classes more closely associated with the other gender. For example, girls generally take and excel in mathematics, science and information technology and boys take more art, music, drama and foreign language classes. Because they are not showing off to the other sex, acting macho or checking their make-up, same-sex classrooms also experience fewer behavioral problems.

Today, there are roughly 542 public schools offering same-sex education options. Private schools are also very popular for parents seeking single gender education. If you are seeking an alternative to traditional public school education, you might consider looking into same-sex education for your children.

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