The Education of the early days since 1800’s been, and always will be a debatable subject. Whether it be coeducation or single-gender education finding the right atmosphere in which to bring the future generations up is of great importance to all. Supporters of single-sex education votes the improvements in student overall scores while arguing about the shortchanged and self-esteem negative effects spatially for females students in co-educational schools environment where it could be more fragile and intimidating. In other hand the Supporters of co-education claim the discrimination with segregating in single gender classrooms to support a certain sex, making it near to impossible for the students to thrive in the real world. Although mentioning the financial aspect of both sides, coed education lean to an idea of that designing new learning program for single gender would cost more and add more demands on the government, while the single gender education supporter think the miner increase of the education financial funds is worth the improvements in classes results as well as the behavior improvements. Another aspect of the debating issue is to conceder the distraction factor between the two sex, the single gender suprter
Where a single-gender classrooms would help in keeping self-esteem and competent attitude better. More importantly they argue single-sex education can provide a supportive background to help develop the positive confidence and self-esteem that is needed to be successful in future adventures. In other hand the Supporters of co-education claim the discrimination within segregating classrooms to support a certain sex, making it near to impossible for the students to thrive in the real world. Single gender school has long been known in the country but has only more recently started to be known within schools. The discrimination taking place in schools is performed not only by the students but by the teachers and school systems as well. It has been well known that boys are usually singled out as the ‘trouble makers’ or even the “class clown”, but recent studies support show that boys do in fact get punished more quickly and more frequently than girls, according to Leonard Sax author of Six Degrees of Separation and founder of The National Association for Single Sex Public Education (2006). Text books and standardized test are also thought to be discriminating against girls, being made from a different generation when education was focused more on males then females. Certain classes have always been more “gender favorable” towards one gender, instead of another; such as home-ec offered cooking, sewing, and cleaning and were meant to be taken by females. While as shop class taught boys to handle wood, fix cars, and use mechanics. These classes were always segregated regardless of what the student wanted to take (Sax 2006). But perhaps the most disgusting display of discrimination is that of sexual harassment, mainly imposed upon female students. The passing of the 1975 Title IX Amendments prohibits sexual harassment in any form, but many have questioned the amount to which can be punished within the school system. Some school traditions are sexually harassing, but are permitted none the less to ‘keep the school spirit alive’. Traditions that have caused many girls to be petrified of their educational experience, such as an experience author Janice Streitmatter faced with her daughter (1999): In 1989, our daughter, in the first grade, happened to mention that she could not wear a skirt to school the following day, because the boys had declared it “flip-up day.” At the time, she did not know to call this incident harassment, but she certainly knew something was wrong. She also understood that this group of boys should not have that kind of power over her. Further, she decided that if the adults in the school could not or would not protect the other girls and her from this aggression, she would forgo...
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