Schooling is a crucial part of the healthy development and maturity of children as they grow into responsible adults. Their schooling will help to shape who they are, and where they are going. Mixed schooling has its merits, as well as its disadvantages. The debate over co-education is fairly rare these days, since most schools are mixed. The notion of the all-boy and all-girl school are a bit archaic.
Mixed schooling has several advantages, as well as some disadvantages. The real concern lies within each individual student, and the teachers that they encounter along their educational journey. The students within each dynamic are similar, they are just exposed to a different form of learning environment.
With mixed schooling, children have the benefit of mingling with a wide spate of different students. They are not limited to same-sex friends, and therefore are able to make friends with whomever they choose. Boys and girls need to be together for the sake of equality. In today’s society women and men are supposed to be equal, so separating students from the opposite sex could be conceived as a step backward. When you belong to a certain group that excludes members for one stipulation or another, you tend to gain a sense of elitism and snobbery that is unacceptable in modern civilization.
Boys that are not in mixed schools may have an increase in their anxiety around girls, or they may become outwardly aggressive towards the other boys in their school. From an academic standpoint, boys need girls in their classes for their maturity level. Boys do better, typically, in certain subjects, while girls are better at other subjects. Girls tend to mature quicker than do boys, and being mixed could help them understand their differences a tad better.
All through school, boys and girls try and figure out who they are from different perspectives. Boys that are not in mixed schooling may not develop a true sense of their identity, and the same goes for their female counterparts. Students need to measure themselves against other students their own age, no matter the gender.
The grades from same-sex schools could be called into question, with the integrity of the credits being potentially compromised. Schools already try to show improvement in areas by teaching to the test or playing with data in unique ways. There could be a gender war if the standardized test scores appeared to be skewed in one manner or another. This is a huge disadvantage of not having mixed schooling.
Another disadvantage of mixed schooling is the peer pressure placed upon students. Dating is tough enough, but when the person of your choice may not be the most popular person in the school, the other students can be downright cruel. Dressing appropriately is another concern when there is a mixture of students in the school. Teen pregnancy is rampant, although attending school together is not the cause.
Great teachers may not be as abundant in same-sex schools as in mixed schools. A great female teacher would not be working in a boys only school, nor would a male teach in an all girls school. This limits the number of great teachers that may have a tremendous impact on the students. Boys need to see women in positions of leadership and authority, and many students are being raised by single parents, thus not enabling them to be influenced by an adult of the opposite sex.
School should be about learning. Learning can be more than just facts and formulas, it also involves learning about your place within the community. The community is mixed, so schooling should emulate that mixture.