Single Sex Classes

1 January 2018

The students should not be separated in single sex schools. In the essay Separating the Sexes, Just for the Tough Years we can see that our author is agreed with the separation of both sexes in middle school (6th to 8th grade). These are the years when the kids experiment different changes in physical, emotional and cognitive levels. There are opinion in both sides, positive and negative, from parents and educators.

The first reason that the author gives us is that in separated classes the students develop confidence and self-esteem. This might be true but in mixed classes the students learn about each other. Maybe they feel there is a little bit of competition but this is necessary to prove themselves. All the girls can be good at math and science like boys, and boys can be good in literature and open with their feelings. There is no need to believe that men are better than women or vice versa.

The second reason that is given to us is that even when they do not study in mixed classes, they can interact normally outside of school. I believe that they can learn to work together in mixed classes because they interact more and that will help them in the future. The essay says that they can interact with members of the opposite gender in negotiating chores and other things. But for example, if the student has not siblings or cousins, the only opportunity that they have to interact each other is in school.

I am agreed with this person in their opinion that maybe in some mixed schools there is discrimination. Some teachers pay more attention to boys, maybe this is because the girls are more mature for some things but even when the girls raise their hands some teachers ignore them. That is the only point that I am agreed with. In conclusion, is better when boys and girls work together for a common purpose.

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