Task2 - Education >> Co-education

"Co-education"

Some people think that it is better to educate boys and girls in separate schools. Others, however, believe that boys and girls benefit more from attending mixed schools.

Discuss both these views and give your opinion.

It is perhaps more traditional that boys and girls are educated separately. However, during the twentieth century more and more schools switched to a co-educational system, particularly in Western societies. In this essay I will examine the advantages and disadvantages of each approach.

The strongest argument in favor of co-education lies in the fact that the workplace is not segregated between men and women. If we accept that one of the roles of schools is to prepare young adults for the workplace, then it stands to reason that schools themselves should not be segregated. Schools are as important for social development as they are for academic development, and gender interaction is an important part of social development.

Advocates of single-sex schools point out that young people often get involved in immature relationships, which can have negative consequences on their studies and on their future lives. A more scientific argument points to the fact that girls and boys develop at different rates, in different ways, and at different times in their lives, and that single-sex schools do not have the distractions of mixed gender schooling.

Despite these arguments, I feel that the advantages of co-education far outweigh the disadvantages. I believe that gender equality is an important aspect of any successful modern society, and that separating boys and girls during their formative years could set the foundation for discriminatory patterns of thinking in later life.