Socially, same-sex schools are emotionally easier on students. Stereotypes based on gender are not a huge issue in these settings. Girls are more outspoken and competitive when boys are not around to tease them. They also feel more comfortable participating in sports and traditionally male dominated fields when boys are not watching. Conversely, boys become less competitive and collaborate more because they don’t have to worry about girls’ opinions of them. They can also feel free to participate in the arts with a class full of other boys. Proponents of same-sex schooling say this freedom builds confidence in young students and allows them to concentrate on their studies more because it removes the distractions of coeducational social pressures. Although very little research exists, some studies have suggested that the benefits are more evident in girls, lower income families and minorities. Author Rosemary Salomone, argues that there is a place for same-sex schools. In her book, Same, Different, Equal: Rethinking Single-Sex Education (Yale University Press 2005), she examines the benefits of single-sex education in the public realm.
The Cons of Same-Sex Education
Opponents of same-sex schooling such as the ACLU and National Organization for Women have historically maintained that same-sex schooling would diminish the affects of Title IX ["The Case for Single-Sex Schools", The Christian Science monitor, Teicher, 2003]. Title IX, a 1972 Higher Education Act, calls for federally funded educational institutions to treat males and females equally in schools and in sports. Some opponents also suspect that same-sex schooling will either push students into exploring homosexual relationships, or on the reverse viewpoint, it could increase gender stereotypes and homophobia. As teachers, educational administrators, and parents explore the educational benefits of same-sex schooling, debates will continue to grow. If you are a parent observe how, when and where your child learns best. Since each child learns differently, your decision should be made on your child’s individual needs. The best educational setting for your child may very well be a same-sex school or class.
Twenty years ago, models weighed 8% less than the average woman. Today, they weigh 23% less than the average woman. The average American woman is 5’4” tall and weighs 140 pounds. The average American model is 5’11” tall and weighs 117 pounds. If Barbie was a real woman, she’d have to walk on all fours due to her proportions.
About 7% of 12th grade males have used steroids in order to become more muscular.
If GI Joe were human, he’d have larger biceps than any bodybuilder in history. One out of every four college aged women has an eating disorder. It is estimated that 40-50% of American women are trying to lose weight at any point in time. Americans spend more than 40 billion dollars a year on dieting and diet-related products – that’s roughly equivalent to the amount the U.S. Federal Government spends on education each year! Almost half of all women smokers smoke because they see it as the best way to control their weight. Of these women, 25% will die of a disease caused by smoking.
In 2007, there were about 11.7 million cosmetic procedures performed in the U.S. Ninety one percent of these were performed on women. A study found that 53% of thirteen-year-old American girls are unhappy with their bodies. This number grows to 78% by the time girls reach seventeen.
Despite the requirement of international law that prison should be a last resort for children, children as young as 12 can now be jailed, if they commit an offence which would be punishable by prison if committed by an adult. Following the Crime and Disorder Act of 1998, the Home Secretary has the power to lower the age of detention to 10 years old.
What crimes are they sentenced for?
Almost half the children in prison have been...