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    Which do people thinkis better? there have been so many studies into which makes pupils perform better, but what do people really think? is it important socially to mix, or are we too distracted?

    i went to a single-sex secondary school, but am now at a mixed 6th form + enjoy it much more. there was a lot of *****iness at my high school (but it was quite posh as well so there were a lot of spoilt little daddy's girls), + i'm used to lads because i have 2 brothers, 1 which is a twin so i know loads of guys my age so now i'm at college most of my mates are lads.

    what does everyone else think? does it make a difference if you're male or female?

    lou xxx
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    (Original post by lou p lou)
    Which do people thinkis better? there have been so many studies into which makes pupils perform better, but what do people really think? is it important socially to mix, or are we too distracted?

    i went to a single-sex secondary school, but am now at a mixed 6th form + enjoy it much more. there was a lot of *****iness at my high school (but it was quite posh as well so there were a lot of spoilt little daddy's girls), + i'm used to lads because i have 2 brothers, 1 which is a twin so i know loads of guys my age so now i'm at college most of my mates are lads.

    what does everyone else think? does it make a difference if you're male or female?

    lou xxx
    Single sex schools usually perform better academically, but that is not everything and some people benefit from growing up with both sexes (trying not to make this sound perverted) which they may not have done if they had gone to a single sex (especially boarding school) and have no or only same sex siblings. One of my teachers used to teach at an all boys school and he told us that some of them ended up being slightly strange and actually seemed scared of girls.
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    I think a mixed school, but some lessons seperate. I read an article in the peper the other day about how boys didn't like languages, as they didn't like to speak allowed in case they embarrassed themselves in front of girls, so they were looking into the idea of seperating boys and girls for languages lessons and how some schools had already done it. I don't think I could cope in a single sex school - I'm not bloke obsessed, but girls get really *****y, and sometimes just talking to a bloke keeps you sane when being in all female company gets too much!!! And I don't mean serioulsy talking to a bloke either - if you have a conversation wth some of my bloke friends you end up talking about porn or breasts (or both!).

    Rambled on a bit there - I think mixed sex education, with some split sex lessons.
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    I think although single sex schools tend to achieve higher results, it is more rewarding on a personal level to attend a mixed school. One is exposed to a whole new way of thinking and learns to interact intellectually and socially with members of the opposite sex. *****iness among girls may be toned down when they are influenced by the male 'bugger it and get on with things' approach ( no comments, Huntroyde - I've read your sig line!)
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    My personal view is to send your kids to a mixed primary school so that the kids can get used to mixing with the opposite sex (plus I generally think the atmosphere in mixed primary schools is more relaxed), then send them to a single sexed school (simply in case your child will not push her/himself and the school is a great help in achieving high grades for GCSE) and then finally to a mixed 6th form where the kid will by now know how to work independently and efficiently.
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    (Original post by Lucy)
    My personal view is to send your kids to a mixed primary school so that the kids can get used to mixing with the opposite sex (plus I generally think the atmosphere in mixed primary schools is more relaxed), then send them to a single sexed school (simply in case your child will not push her/himself and the school is a great help in achieving high grades for GCSE) and then finally to a mixed 6th form where the kid will by now know how to work independently and efficiently.
    that's exactly what i did- i'm not to retarded. i would be careful with all-girls schools tho, like i said they can be really *****y (particularly a private school) and i know some people who found it really hellish because they 'weren't as good' as other people. i think lads tend to keep people more down to earth.
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    mixed sex is so muck better. i dont agree with single sex at all. its part of growing up

    i met my girlfriend at school and im still with her 2.5 years later. so i guess im biased but i dont beleive there is any advantage from isolating them.
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    Concerning Lucy's comment, I don't think that mixed primaries are the same as mixed secondaries because while at at secondary school you mature physically and mentally, and that is where interaction between sexes (so to speak) is important, not at primary level, where the kids don't really understand that side of things.
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    (Original post by lou p lou)
    that's exactly what i did- i'm not to retarded. i would be careful with all-girls schools tho, like i said they can be really *****y (particularly a private school) and i know some people who found it really hellish because they 'weren't as good' as other people. i think lads tend to keep people more down to earth.
    I know, I'm in the sixth form for an all girls private and when girls joined at the beginning of the 6th form they noticed (particularly the state school girls) how *****y it really is. It's also true about how some people can't cope as they might have gotten in through the 11+ exams but they feel they aren't 'up to scratch' come aged 16+. Those girls feel particularly pressurised to stay because of parental pressure yet I don't think my school is 'right' for them at all.

    I personally felt that I could cope another 2 years in my school particularly as I didn't go to my present school's primary section (which was apparently very strict and awful). I still can't wait to get to uni though!
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    I remember when I had mixed-sex classes - it was always the same. The boys showed off to the girls by calling out, messing around and making them laugh (not that I ever did that ). When I was in single-sex classes, we'd talk quietly, work, or talk with the teacher about the work we had to do.

    True, mixed lessons help everyone to socialise, but socialising can be done during break-time, lunch and after school. Perhaps schools could mix everyone during crap subjects such as Art, Drama etc. and single the sexes out during Maths, English and Science lessons.
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    I'm not sure about art but I think it would definitely be a good idea to have mixed classes in drama as I find males (not just females playing males) do give a slightly different slant to the plays I have seen. I'm also not sure if art and drama should really be categorised under 'crap subjects'!
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    Where I live there is an all boys' school and nearby an all girls' school. Both achieve very well academically and both are highly regarded in the area. I went to the all boys' school and because there were no girls the focus was soley on work - in fact it became an obsession. Throughout my GCSE years the obsession with perfection in work worsened etc etc. The 6th form however is shared with the all girls' school so next year I'll be going into mixed education for the first time since year 6! I feel that single sex schools do indeed achieve better academically, but mixed schools tend to have socially adept pupils; somewhere in-between a single sex and mixed school would be good if a bit impossible!
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    (Original post by Lucy)
    I'm also not sure if art and drama should really be categorised under 'crap subjects'!
    Sorry, I didn't mean they were 'crap crap', but compared to English, Maths and Science, I'd put them in a lower catagory.
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    Sorry, I didn't mean they were 'crap crap', but compared to English, Maths and Science, I'd put them in a lower catagory.
    maybe a more tactful way of putting it is 'less academic and more vocational' subjects *louisa = trying to keep the peace*

    i actually agree that it would perhaps be best to have a mixed school, but seperate lessons except the said above. but i guess this would only really work in a large school and could use more resources as less popular subjects would have 2 small classes instead just 1.

    lou xxx
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    (Original post by lou p lou)
    Which do people thinkis better? there have been so many studies into which makes pupils perform better, but what do people really think? is it important socially to mix, or are we too distracted?

    i went to a single-sex secondary school, but am now at a mixed 6th form + enjoy it much more. there was a lot of *****iness at my high school (but it was quite posh as well so there were a lot of spoilt little daddy's girls), + i'm used to lads because i have 2 brothers, 1 which is a twin so i know loads of guys my age so now i'm at college most of my mates are lads.

    what does everyone else think? does it make a difference if you're male or female?

    lou xxx
    I found mixed far better, as people are actually more relaxed, and people are less violent.

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    I found mixed far better, as people are actually more relaxed, and people are less violent.

    Phil
    Woah, girls at single-sex schools are violent? And I thought they couldn't rise above plain old *****iness!
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    (Original post by lou p lou)
    maybe a more tactful way of putting it is 'less academic and more vocational' subjects *louisa = trying to keep the peace*

    i actually agree that it would perhaps be best to have a mixed school, but seperate lessons except the said above. but i guess this would only really work in a large school and could use more resources as less popular subjects would have 2 small classes instead just 1.

    lou xxx
    Well with the newspaper article, it said it was mainly modern languages, when there were larger classes (eg younger year groups). I definately think having boys in your science class (especially chemistry) is fun though, because they tend to have a curiosity about fire and dangerous stuff!!!
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    (Original post by Haz)
    Woah, girls at single-sex schools are violent? And I thought they couldn't rise above plain old *****iness!
    Well girls have their handbag fights, don't they?!

    I know i'm a girl, and I do love a good old ***** now and then, but i do have to laugh at silly girls with silly *****ing and fights!!!
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    (Original post by Haz)
    Woah, girls at single-sex schools are violent? And I thought they couldn't rise above plain old *****iness!
    Some girl punched another girl for kissing her boyfriend. A group of girls followed one girl into the art block and kicked and punched her after the 'victim' slapped their friend because she was chucking cake at her (confused yet?).

    One girl set the classroom's curtains on fire.

    I've personally witnessed two cat fights miow :eek: !

    And this is in a private girls' school!
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    (Original post by Haz)
    Woah, girls at single-sex schools are violent? And I thought they couldn't rise above plain old *****iness!
    I meant from my personal experiences at all boys schools, there were more punch ups etc.

    Phil
 
 
 
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