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More and more people are starting to believe that it may be best for girls and boys to be educated separately. The New York Times Magazine is exploring this issue in depth.


What is your opinion? Should boys and girls learn separately?

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March 4, 2008 at 4:46 pm
(1) Gwen says:

I think it would be a great idea to teach boys & girls separately. I work in an elementary school (grades 1-4) and people would just die if they knew how much of our behavior issues revolve around sexual issues even in first grade. Todays innocent children are seeing & hearing way too much in the homes on television & from their parents who are not parenting and they are coming to school and they DO know what they are talking about. Some do experimenting and they are becoming sexual beings starting in 1st grade. The behavior in our schools is so horrible that separating boys and girls may help more student who want to learn to learn…

March 4, 2008 at 5:01 pm
(2) Jennifer Leiter says:

I went to a all-girls High School and would highly reccommend it for that age. Of course I also lived in an area( Baltimore , Md) which has many private all-girl/all-boys High Schools so our social life on weekends certainly wasn’t lacking!
For learning and expressing the true you , there is no comparison. It provides a safe haven for self expression in all areas. I look back with such fondness for I really believe that my school contributed to the person i became. I have always felt that our school ( for my sisters also went there) was unique in this way..its esprit de corps is timeless, caring towards the individual learner but most of all that comfort zone to explore who you can become and all that you are is encouraged and supported by the faculty and fellow students. Yet I can now tell you that my feelings äre not unique, for over the years if it ever comes up in conversation that someone else went to an all- girl school ( or boy) we automatically chime in with our stories and excitement for those fond years.
Having now taught in both environments ( as well as my sisters over the past 25 years) I can say that better learning can occur and does during these crutial years in a single sex schools. The teaching can be geared also towards that male or female learning style ( which is different at different ages) thus more productive. When the social awkwardness is taken out of the equation a lot is accomplished in all areas…including socialized growth! We ( my sisters and i ) all had good friends not in our school and I can say that my learning was more focused because it “could be.”.. that is to say that the stigma of being “the student” wasn’t there as much as it is in a mixed class. Learning and encouragement for our single sex to be the BEST that we could be was felt on a daily basis.
Well obviously I’m a proponentand could go on but I think you have the picture! My sister actually did her masters thesis on it and got a A at Skidmore , she also has been sited in Dr. Sachs book about single sex schools…I should have her write into you ( she is presently an English teacher at an all all-boys school in NY)- hey maybe she will.
Good luck!

March 4, 2008 at 5:18 pm
(3) Cynthia says:

Oh, yes, boys and girls should be taught separately! Boys learn differently to girls, their behaviour is totally different, they have different interests (most of the time), as they get older sexual issues crop up which no teacher should have to deal with and teach at the same time, parents even have different values for boys and girls and this shows in the classroom and most of the time they don’t want to be sitting, standing, talking, or interacting with the opposite sex in any way. Just ask them to sit down at random and see what I mean … the boys all congregate at one table, the girls at another with as much space between them as possible.
I went to a girls school and learning was so much easier than if I had had to worry what the boys were thinking about me. My brothers went to an all boys school and ditto. We grew up in a normal balanced family and had good friends.
I really think educators should look into this to make the lives of teachers easier and their teaching more productive and fulfilling.

March 4, 2008 at 9:14 pm
(4) Mola says:

What is mean by ‘separate’? For me when a group of sutdents, let say 30 students, 20 boys anda 10 girls. Place them in a class, but, separate them in a way like,eg the boys the the front rows and the girls at the back rows, it is considered ‘separate’. Another way can be, eg the boys on the right hand side of the class and the girls one the other side. Meaning that ‘separet’ doesn’t mean to separate the boys and the girls in different classes.

March 4, 2008 at 9:53 pm
(5) Dr Adel Eldenglawey says:

Dear colleagues
Alsalamo alicom wa rahmato allah wa barakato
This is a good idea, you can see this experiment for teaching in Islamic countries specially ALAZHAR organization in Egypt and other Islamic countries this is rules in ISLAM and applied in ALAZHAR organization in EGYPT. Both of boys and girls are separated, so each of them have freedom to express about his/her feelings and ideas. In mixed teaching many problems were faced between boys and girls such as sexual fraction, don`t feel freely and no privet thinking area for both.
So you have to get an example from ALAZHAR organization in EGYPT, then you will see that this is good idea, where ALLAH (GOD) say that to our prophet MOHAMED (prophet of ISLAM) in QURAN (holly book of ISLAM) from more than 1428 years ago to keep the privacy of both boys and girls.
best wishes

March 4, 2008 at 11:51 pm
(6) Peter says:

I personally chose to go to an all male school for high school in the eaarly 70′s and I had to work and pay for tuition and books myself but it was worth it. My grades markedly improve and for two of the four years I maintaines honor roll status. My motivation was twofold. First, I couldn’t concentrate because the girls were just “too interesting” and this school being private had boxing and fencing as part of their sports curriculum. So I would have to say that from my experience, single sex education was what really worked for me.

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March 5, 2008 at 10:28 am
(7) sani says:

As a muslim, the answer is obviously capital YES! That apart, ask the next educational psychologist you meet, he or she is likely to tell you that alot of benefits accrue to a student that studies in single sex school not the least is the concentrated attention given to studies in the absence of the opposite sex that serves as a distraction. Students are able to express themselves more to both students and teachers, they can truly be their own selves academically, socially and psychologically. This debate reminds one of the verse in the glorious Qur’an where Allah says “He will make His signs manifest in the horizons and in man himself until it becomes crystal clear to mankind that (these) signs are indeed true” So let girls and boys be taught separately for the dual benefits of reward from Allah and a safer/more productive life on earth. Thank you.

March 5, 2008 at 11:58 am
(8) Rebecca says:

I do not for a second believe that it is in the best interest of our children to separate them from the opposite gender. Especially at that age. The people we are today stemmed from the character development of our childhood, and by separating them, what would we be teaching them? That we should fear one another? That one gender is superior to the other so much they must be taught separately? I remember as a child i was always jealous of the boys because they would get the awesome toys or get to play the rough sports. I worked so hard to prove that i was tough enough to play with them, to be considered like one of them. And now, Equality within our grasp, in a world where it doesn’t matter whether your a woman, a man, whatever you are, your accepted and are given the opportunity to do whatever it is your heart aspires to do, without the barrier of gender. But I see even now some people still insist that something, to me anyway, that is so small and irrelevant as gender should hold us back and apart. Furthermore people have enough trouble as it is dealing with the opposite sex, whether social, emotionally, physically or even intimately and by separating them at that age we restrict them from developing the skill to comfortably interact with other people, regardless of sex, race, religion, education, income, etc. and that will follow them through to adulthood creating ignorant and intolerant beings. There are many things that make us different but none, by no means, should ever have the power to segregate one person from another. Accepting that gender should allow us to isolate girls from boys would invite the acceptance that we should isolate our children from others by race, religion, social status, physical ability, mental capacity and so on.

March 5, 2008 at 1:39 pm
(9) John says:

For the first eight grades, I was in all boys classes. Girls were in the same building, but there was no mixing. They had their side for three floors as did we. Recess was also separate.

My high school was all boys.

After 50 years of teaching mixed classes,I see the wisdom of that arrangement.

March 5, 2008 at 3:45 pm
(10) Cloud100 says:

I think we should seperate boys and girls because it affects on their study since some of them focus on making relationship with the other gender (boyfriend, girlfriend issue) and this may influence their studies, especially the girls. Some may disagree with me, but that does not mean we should seperate them even in their regular days, but when it comes to studying, I think they will perform better if they are seperated. Thanks

March 5, 2008 at 3:45 pm
(11) Cloud100 says:

I think we should seperate boys and girls because it affects on their study since some of them focus on making relationship with the other gender (boyfriend, girlfriend issue) and this may influence their studies, especially the girls. Some may disagree with me, but that does not mean we should seperate them even in their regular days, but when it comes to studying, I think they will perform better if they are seperated. Thanks

March 6, 2008 at 11:24 pm
(12) Nadia says:

My daughter is in grade 3 and they are already talking about having crushes on boys. Its ridicolous. They are too small to be exposed to something like this. I feel that if they were in a single gender school it will be easier for them to focus on things that they should be focusing on at this age rather being led astray but the oversexed time that they are sadly living in. I feel we are taking their innocence away too soon. Having themm in an all boys and all girls school would definetely help them focus more.

March 11, 2008 at 4:28 pm
(13) Hania says:

i think that everything has its cons and its pros. seperating boys from girls in education is beneficial for both sexes and has proved that their performance would be better. but we shouldn’t forget that social interaction between boys and girls is very crucial in early childhood. so, why not have co educational schools from the 1st till 4th grade. and afterwards separate boys and girls when other issues should be considered such as the sexual identity and the different cognitive levels between both sexes.

March 11, 2008 at 5:06 pm
(14) Juan says:

I’ve studied in a boys only school, and my daughters attend to a school which has separate classes for boys and girls since they leave kindergarden until High School.

I guess they have all the pros and none of the cons. They learn in a better way not being afraid to be ashamed by the opposite sex, but they can perfectly interact during breaks.

March 11, 2008 at 10:39 pm
(15) Katie Chay says:

I am not sure what is best. In my 4th grade class, there is definitely emphasis on boyfriends and girlfriends, but I’m worried that the girl issues–who’s popular, gossip, who is whose friend, etc. would be even worse in an all’s girls school, and I’d worry about bullying being heightened in an all boys school.

March 11, 2008 at 11:46 pm
(16) Trudi Thompson says:

I am now 84 years old and this silly argument has been around all my life. I always went to a mixed school and Montessory Kindergarten. Obviously some people prefer single sex schools, so provide both and give people a choice. It’s a stupid argument! Trudi Thompson, B.Sc., Ph.D., F.A.I.P.

March 12, 2008 at 4:38 am
(17) Saima Afzal says:

I have a firm faith and personal experience that if girls and boys are taught separately, they develop their personality more in comparison to the boys and girls who are being brought up in bi-gender educational institutions.The confidence building and learning to be cooperative has nothing to do with co-education sytem. It can be more affectively taught and build in, in the institutions with uni-gender education system.

March 13, 2008 at 2:55 am
(18) Faruque says:

It is good to have separate education for boys and girls. Children up to age of 7 yrs can have co-education in primary school. Adolesance and adults should have separate education in secondary & higher secondary school and colleges. Grown up matured boys & girls (married)can have Varsity level education togather. Afterword women can do office job and teaching profession with proper dress.

March 13, 2008 at 7:03 am
(19) Halala says:

Halala/Kurdistan
I definitly with seperating boys and girls because I think they will not focus in learning and they will be busy with other matters like having relationship with each other, also they will always be busy with their apperance like their clothes and such matters and here I mainly mean intermidate and secondary grade from the age(12-18)

March 13, 2008 at 9:24 am
(20) Tracy says:

I currently teach an all boys math and science class. I also teach an all girls math class. The boys and girls are growing in different ways. I am able to encourage the girls to excel in mathematics without them worrying about what boys think about smart girls. The girls who came to me from mixed gender classes had lower skills than the boys from the same class.

March 15, 2008 at 9:57 am
(21) Navin Damle says:

This issue has nothing new if you consider rightist approach to look upon any problem but for any open minded person this act can draw some horrible consequences.
issue is not much inclined toward sexual orientation of children but can work well to be hindrance on the path sexual education.
India is still finding it hard to implement sex education for children in school because the tremendous pressure of right wing and we know how important is this to provide good quality sex education to teens because in the world where ADIS exist this can be one of the major solution.
if you separate u’ll definitely going to slow down this very process of learning and that will not be a good scenario.

March 27, 2008 at 3:53 pm
(22) carldeenha says:

i dont think it a right thing to do. cause we all know that relationship is like a patern of life, it will go on and on. so i dont think it a right think to do. by learning boys and girls to live seperately is not right.

March 28, 2008 at 9:31 pm
(23) lspringer says:

I never attented an all girl school and neither have my children. There are no all girl or all boy programs near my Indiana home.
This disappoints me greatly.

I am positive that my oldest 2 children would have benefited from such a program. My daughter was a great student but very shy. She always worked very hard to compete with the boys in her classes. But among the girls at her school she never really fit in because most of them were so interested in attracting boys, not about their studies. If the boy element was taken out of the school the girls may have focused a lot better.
My son was always a good student who was interested in his education until this little lady came into his life as a freshman. Now all he thinks about is her and no amount of encouragement seems to bring him back from la la land. I understand that he is 16 years old and girls are very interesting but college is 2 years away and I wish solving my problem were as easy as a transfer to a all boys school.
Some students really do benefit from the removal of a pretty face during school time. If distractions in school are not a hinderance to education why do we have to be quiet during testing or when the teacher is talking for that matter.

September 2, 2008 at 6:09 pm
(24) Diego says:

Going to an all boy school would suck! My hormones are raging girls are so hot going to an all boy school would just make people gay and homosexual and we dont want more of that…

October 10, 2008 at 4:30 pm
(25) Andrea Pennin says:

Boys and girs might be shy not knowing how to interact with one another when they come out of their single school. So maybe it’s better to join them together. We should try to un-encourage them from teenage relationships and stop complaining about it. Thanks babes!

October 12, 2008 at 3:50 pm
(26) Andrea Pennin says:

I’m am actually 12 but it shows how much knowledge I have and i really do think we should be in separate since we can still see each other out of school.

November 1, 2008 at 10:54 pm
(27) Sophia says:

I currently go to an all girls school, and i agree with everyone that it is way better for a learning experience but because my school goes from 6th-12th grade i have been worrying that this isn’t a good time to go there. I am 11 years old. i think that i will have a better time at a single gender school. I completly disagree 100% with one of the comments of people becoming gay or homosexual just becuse of their school that is totally wrong. I walk down the hallways and the girls are all talking about their boyfriends! It just matters if you want to meet boys.( I personally like boys a lot but i do not care for i am very young)

Single gender schools allow the students to express themselves more instead of being afraid of a guy or girl making fun of them. You wont waste your time thinking about them and doing bad in school sometimes can happen beacuse that is all you think about.

My school has a dance or prom each year and if you are in certain groups you can interact with boys all the time. You can also see them outside of school, so i think that single gender schools are good but sometimes you might feel down about not seeing a boy or girl. So really it depends on the person. :)
Thanks!

December 2, 2008 at 12:04 pm
(28) s.deshaunna@yahoo.com says:

i think that both girls and boys should not be seperated because of the simple fact…girls are no better than the boys and the boys are no better than the girls…we should work together as a team.. and sometimes us girls chat alot so therefore there will be alot of trouble going on… so as i said earlier…US BOYS AND GIRLS WILL NOT, SHALL NOT BE SPERATED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

January 10, 2009 at 3:04 am
(29) heena says:

well..i studied in a girls school till 6th grade in Sri lanka. i never spoke to a boy except my bro and ma dad.. After that i had to go to a mixed school in Qatar for higher studies. First when i went, i felt shy and nervous to see boys. i had to speak to the boys to clear my doubts…so i spoke to them and then i felt that they arn’t different from girls.i mean they also have the same feelings like we do….And now i am ready to talk or to do anything in front of the anyone…i have come up to this level because i went to a mixed school….so i say girls and boys should study in a mixed school.

January 21, 2009 at 9:24 am
(30) sup4 says:

people are crazy if they think boys and girls should be seperated. boys and are often friends and could be depressed without any friends of the opposite gender!!!!

January 30, 2009 at 9:25 am
(31) dude sup4 says:

nope…

September 21, 2009 at 9:10 pm
(32) elise coleman says:

well… i totally think boys and girl shouldn’t be taught seperatly because know one would want to see they same sex everyday because i kno i won!!!!!!!!

October 6, 2009 at 5:56 pm
(33) LIBBY says:

i disagree! i think boys and girls should be ale to work together! just my oppinion…

October 12, 2009 at 6:37 pm
(34) LIBBY says:

boys do, however, get tired of girls so…ya i kinda dont know what to say…:)

November 10, 2009 at 3:53 pm
(35) bcw says:

no they should not be every one learns differently that should not mean you sepereate them by gender.

December 15, 2009 at 11:51 am
(36) Kiara:) says:

i disagree that we should be seperated because thas jus dumb to be seperated from thee guyss && jus beingg wit girlss is boringg i know sum girls gone try to get wit thee guys and stuff but still i disagree

December 18, 2009 at 12:05 am
(37) patrick says:

if syblings of a boy and girl were to go to school and live far from home how will the parent pick them up? I understand one school cut in half but for a parent to waste gas to go from one school to another especially gas prices that are fairly high. I don’t think boys and girls are to be separated and I have way more reasons. ;D

January 24, 2010 at 8:59 pm
(38) sana says:

well i think there should be seprate school u look at now days u see grade one kids hand in hand and walking down the street u look in class and some boys and gurls hardly pay attention 2 the teacher there looking in2 each other eyes lost in their thoughts it sometime annoys me alot cuz this happens alot if gurls are working 2gather on a project the only thing u hear is boys and gurls talking abt each other mostly gurls i would say so think school should be seprate so we could learn better

February 4, 2010 at 3:36 pm
(39) darryl mcmichael says:

i think that boys nd girls should still go 2 the same schols 2gether nd have the same classes 2gether but when it comes 2 health class they should be seperated

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