Essay about Staying Single: Sexually Segregated Schools

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In recent years, education in the United States has slowly decelerated when compared globally. Compared to students in other countries such as China or Germany, American students tend to slack when it comes to their studies. This concerns parents, who want their children to receive the best education offered. Single sex schools have proven to provide this need for a quality education. With only one percent of all schools in America sexually segregated (Whelan), the admissions process can be strenuous; however, as the population of locations these schools continue to increase more students can attend them. Parents then concern themselves with whether they should send their children to single sex schools or coeducation schools. The results…show more content…
In single sex schools teachers can tailor their teaching to accommodate the different learning styles between genders to meet the individual needs of their students (Hughes). Without having to worry about making sure both genders understand the curriculum, teachers in single sex schools can focus on one group of students; meeting the needs of that specific gender.
Single sex schools also break down gender stereotypes (“Advantages”). In coed schools, typically boys tend to overshadow equally talented girls (Mullins). Boys tend act more assertively, aggressively, vying for the teacher’s attention in the classroom, whereas girls tend to participate less due to their subservient attitude in coeducation classrooms. (Hughes). The pressure of a male dominated class may pressure girls into giving up in class. In coed schools, both genders distract each other: The students worry more about how they look than their education (Hughes). In single sex schools, however, students focus more on school than on the opposite sex (Whelan). By separating the sexes, the temptation, embarrassment, and distraction go away. This allows both genders to explore nontraditional disciplines typically not seen in coed schools. Girls take more leadership roles in the classroom, and those who give up in coed classes participate more in single-sex classes (Schultz). Girls also pursue nontraditional disciplines in single sex schools (Mullins). Girls commonly
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