Rebecca E. Gunderson
October 14, 2012
Position Paper Final Draft
Single-Sex Schooling Disadvantages.
Are single sex schools better than multi sex schools? This debate has been going around and around for years, and it is one that may never be fully resolved. Looking back on my own high school experiences I am grateful to have gone to a public school with both male and female students. The most exciting times in school are the times when I was with both my male and female friends. Many people agree that single sex schools create an unrealistic social environment, a horrible stereotype, and a lack of diversity. Students who attend schools with single sex are being brought up in an unrealistic social environment. According to, the disadvantage of single sex schools by Helen Akers “Students become isolated from understanding and gaining exposure to other perspectives.” Being in a single sex school does not allow the option for students to get to know the other sex and how they are to respond to each other. Pupils who do not learn how opposite sex acts can develop gender-centric viewpoints, meaning, that they only think that they can do a certain thing because they are male or female. Having gender-centric viewpoints may lead to gender stereotypes for both males and females. In addition to the stereotypes single -gender schools have also been seen as being unconstitutional. Single sex schooling can be compared to separations of race in educations. In an article of a girl who went to a single-sex school she writes about why, although she went to one, she does not support them. Piper said: “We know that segregating by race was one of the worst mistakes of our cultural and educational history. With a growing number of publicly-funded single-sex classrooms and schools, (more than 500 in 40 states), could we be repeating the mistakes of our past without knowing it? Since 1972, educational discrimination on the basis...
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