Many Irish parents still choose to educate their children in single-sex environments, despite mixed research findings on the subject, or perhaps because of lack of choice. One third of Irish post-primary schools are single-sex, a higher proportion than is the norm internationally. Last week, the principal, Barbara Ennis came out strongly in favour of single-sex schooling for girls, even suggesting the competitive environment in co-educational schools may be detrimental to the social development of young women.
Header Sub Menu about us write for us advertise faq contact us. Search Search this site:. Co-ed vs same-sex is a hot debate for many parents, with strong claims from both sides.
Pros and cons exist for either approach to sex education in the elementary grades. So… gender-segregated or coed? These terms are not synonymous, but for the purposes of this topic, I have attempted to maintain simplicity.
The North Bridge House Schools group however, contests that the co-ed versus single-sex debate may have limited shelf life. Headteachers of our successful co-ed North Bridge House Senior Schools, Brendan Pavey and Jonathan Taylor maintain that in every aspect of school life, their students are prepared for a world that is representative of the one they will enter as an adult. At North Bridge House, girls and boys mix in a relaxed setting, both inside and outside of the classroom.
The age-old debate of whether a single-sex versus co-ed school is better is often a sticking point for families. The ongoing argument usually resurfaces in the news when exam results are released showing that girls continue to outperform boys and that single sex schools tend to dominate the top 10 in any league table. However, there is still a tendency to deal in stereotypes when discussing the merits of single-sex schools and it can be challenging to decipher what the evidence really says.
Students of the opposite sex can be a distraction. Many teenagers in high school will be distracted by members of the opposite sex who they find attractive. Students mainly teenagers will prioritize getting a girlfriend or boyfriend instead of focusing on academics, which is more important for their life than a high-school partner.
And that is in general a good thing. Co-ed schools, it can be argued, are a much better preparation for children who will live in a co-ed world. Why is segregation still considered okay during our school years?
Staff writer Peridot Park discusses her experience attending an all-girls school in comparison to her experience at Menlo. I went to Spence from Kindergarten until the end of my freshman year, making sophomore year my first year at a co-ed school. I found that the difference between the two environments was much less drastic than I had predicted.
In the early s, when Oberlin College began offering coed dorms, it was considered revolutionary. Now, however, it is the norm at most universities. In fact, coed rooms are available at some schools.