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    People who I've known who have gone to single-sex schools have had a little bit of trouble forming friendships (or relationships) with the opposite sex, from personal experience.

    So, I'll say co-ed.
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    I know girls who have found it hard to talk to boys because they went to an all girls school and lacked the experience (Though you can outside of school if youre sociable enough)
    So co-ed.
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    Single sexed schools are statistically academically thriving however in terms of social connections with other is stereotypical traits usually placed by those who went a mixed school. Females who go single sexed schools tend to be more exposed to relationships on the basis on "innocence" of not interacting with males during school hours though they tend to be more confident especially in the work field since they are used to competing in academic excellence because they was more emphasised during school hours.
    "*****iness" or "*******" is a reference of empowerment reached when they know their self-worth and have left their usual environment with the opportunity to explore.
    If the only reason why single-sex schools are not better than co-ed schools due to social interaction with the opposite sex it is pretty much invalid. They still have to come out of school and have a life outside of school and go out, the some of the ideas suggesting that they are in hindrance due to lack of lust are just eye-rollable.
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    (Original post by Nottie)
    I really don't see the point of all boys/all girls school.
    You don't get single sex jobs (mostly) or single sex university courses so why make such a big deal out of children getting education together?
    to try and improve academic performance

    (Original post by yudothis)
    To stop gender stereotypes from developing too early too strongly.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/health-38717926

    Even before this research now, there were studies showing girls are much more likely to take STEM subjects at an all girls school then at a co-ed.

    If I ever have girls, I will put them in an all girls school if at all possible.
    and whys that
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    (Original post by CraigBackner)
    to try and improve academic performance


    and whys that
    Isn't that self-explanatory from the post?
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    I spent years 7-11 at a coed, and my sixth form is at an all boys.
    I find i do a lot better academically at my current school (the all boys) compared to the coed. Women did get distracting, and mix of girls/boys did lead to testosterone problems amongst the guys at the coed which I haven't observed at the single sex.
    I think single sex is better for younger years, but for sixth form I think the issues are somewhat mitigated since the formative years have been spent without most of the gender stereotypes that can sometimes be found in coeds.
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    I'd agree with the former. I think promoting gender segregation in schools is not that much of a good idea in regards to the real and working world.

    By promoting sex segregation in schools, you significantly stifle social interaction, development of meaningful relationships and collaboration with the opposite sex, there by hindering potential progress and fermenting gender stereotypes and the presence of immature and inexperienced individuals unable to act maturely/coming across as socially awkward in front of the opposite sex.

    As alluded, I'd be more supportive of co-ed schools, given it can help prepare individuals for the real and working world, which too often involves daily interaction and collaboration with the opposite sex, unless one inhabits a self proclaimed Islamic state.

    Parts of the above post originates from some former posts concerning the effects of the wider gender segregation advocated in Islam and present in some Muslim communities (more below)...

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    Practically criminalising social interaction with the opposite sex and promoting gender segregation in society, is what helps to ferment the presence of immature, inexperienced and sexually frustrated individuals - coming across as awkward/annoying to the opposite sex - as well as allowing for implicitly same sex relationships and pornography use to occur, not to forgot helping to ferment an increase in arrange marriages via cousin relationships, cue inbreeding and the resulting health problems/complications it can cause - map showing the high levels of cosanguinity in Muslim majority countries, likely a result of intergenerational inbreeding via cousin marriages, exacerbated by gender segregation.
    People in such societies are deprived of experiences of having normal, harmless and non-sexual encounters and relations with the opposite sex in daily life, unable to perform even a brief and harmless handshake or to even conversate with non-mahram individuals or in private. They live in a constant state of sexual repression and sex segregation.

    This is what often seems to happen when enforcing gender segregation in such societies, it appears to result in perceiving almost every non-sexual encounter, sexual and creates people incapable of harmless interaction with the opposite gender, without acting all awkward, inexperienced and immature. No wonder then, you have such persistent and common cases of sexual harassment occurring in a number of Muslim majority countries/self proclaimed Islamic states, hosting Muslim men - behaving awkwardly and inappropriately, at the mere sight of a woman, regardless of whether the woman wears a hijab or not - she's often dehumanised and objectified as candy (with the Hijab serving as a wrapper - Take that wrapper off and you're liable for consumption by men/responsible for having such men harass you - essentially victim blame).

    “...Girls and boys are separated from primary school to the end of high school. They never have a chance to interact and when they suddenly do, they can’t just make normal conversation. It’s like any interaction is implicitly on sexual territory..."

    "How the hijab has made sexual harassment worse in Iran"

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/ira...P=share_btn_tw

    The other consequences of societal enforced gender segregation - an exacerbation of cousin marriages and inbreeding problems...

    “There’s a misconception that parents often force their daughters to marry within the family. Our segregated lifestyle often doesn’t allow for mixing of the sexes except within the family environment, so many times the only chance of falling in love is within the family, because you are completely closed off from others,” Saudi author Samar Fatany told Reuters.

    "In recent years Gulf countries have introduced mandatory premarital testing for genetic diseases including sickle cell anaemia, as well as infectious diseases such as hepatitis and HIV. In Qatar, counselling is required if a potential genetic problem is detected, though the couple are free to marry if they choose"

    http://www.dawn.com/news/707896/youn...usin-marriages

    "First cousin marriages in Pakistani communities leading to 'appalling' disabilities among children"

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/heal...-children.html
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    the girls in my school are so feminist i hate it
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    There was a research that showed girls generally do better academically at all-girls school.

    As for is it better? It will again boil down to whether state vs public school, essentially many single-sex schools tend to be independent or are extremely well funded schools even if it is state supported.
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    (Original post by frostyy)
    i hope you never have children
    And why is that frostyy?
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    (Original post by LeCroissant)
    I don't understand why single-sex schools still have teachers from the opposite sex. Yes, boys/girls can be a distraction but so can teachers in some cases. If you're going to segregate the genders, do it properly.
    Not that I think it's right, but there is no logic behind making a school for one sex to attend and then hiring staff from the opposite sex.
    They might get sued if they tried that. Imagine an all male school that hired only male teachers, feminist groups would have a field day.
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    Definitely co-ed. Having gone to an all-boys school, which was a pretty bad experience, a co-ed sixth form was an immensely better experience.
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    Went to both, since the 6th form of the grammar school I went to added women. I prefer Co-ed.
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    Obviously it's gonna be biased since most people go to coed schools and prefer that and a minority go to single sex schools and prefer that. I peer single sex
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    I'd hate to be in a school surrounded by girls day in day out. You need variety in your life I can't be dealing with catty arguments all day.
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    And won't someone think of the trannies? Where's the non-binary schools at huh?
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    No single-sex school can rightly claim to be a comprehensive in my view, it flies completely in the face of the comprehensive principle of the whole community being educated together.

    I would ban single-sex schools.
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    I prefer co-ed schools. Mainly because I like girls.

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    the reason single sex schools often do better is because there are many more single sex grammars than co-ed grammars and most of the single-sex schools are older and more established than the co-ed state schools
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    Went to a co-ed school for the majority of my school years and then transferred to a private, all-girls, school during sixth form... Wasn't that overwhelmed because my previous school had been quite odd. It was a new school and we were the first batch to do the GCSEs so it was quite small and a lot of the students were a bit socially awkward. That being said I definitely would have preferred a "normal" co-ed experience just because I don't think I interact with guys all that well now... Then again, I definitely didn't hate my all-girls experience, it shaped me into who I am today, although I did hate how stringent they were with regards to curfews and other things... A lot of us went crazy during fresher's
 
 
 
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