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Are Single-Sex Schools Better Than Mixed Ones?

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Single-sex schools are increasing very rapidly in many countries. Whether children should study in single-sex schools or in mixed-sex schools has sparked a controversial debate. Many parents prefer to send their children to single-sex school since they believe that children can achieve more and learn better in single-sex schools. Even though some people hold that coeducational schooling can bring considerable social benefits, it is undeniable that single-sex schools can offer students huge advantages as they provide students a better learning environment, promote their confidence and increase their academic achievement. Firstly, children studying in single-sex schools may offer a greater learning environment. In mixed-sex schools students are often scared by the opposite sex , which can be difficult for students participating in class. However, in unisexual school, without boys mocking and bothering them, girls become more free-spoken and active in the class. They also feel freer to pursue those subjects which are dominated by boys, such as math and science (Greatschools Staff, 2010). On the other hand, without the pressure to impress girls, boys can more easily participate in traditionally "feminine" interests, such as music, poetry and drama (Greatschools Staff, 2010). It is clear that single-sex schools could provide an enhanced learning environment for students. The second significant benefit of single-sex schools is that it could promote studentsˊ confidence. Self-confidence plays a very vital role for children. In mixed-sex schools, girls are scared of raising their hands to answer the questions because they are afraid of giving the answer wrong and the boys laughing at them. However, in single-sex schools, girls tend to gain a high level of confidence because they are not afraid of making mistakes without worrying about the boys (Pytal, 2010). Additionally, without girls in class, single-sex classes provide a better opportunity for boys participating in...

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