I find it very curious. We found that one-hour a week of single-sex education benefits females. This staggering statistic might be in part because girls in single-sex schools learn to feel confident about their ideas, and they more readily jump into class discussions when they are not self-conscious.
We examined the effect on risk preferences of two types of environment — schooling single-sex or coeducational ; and randomly assigned experimental peer-groups single-sex or co-ed.
The only noticeable difference was that girls in the mixed-gender classes performed slightly better in the humanities subjects than their peers in the single-sex classes.
The Australian Council for Educational Research found that students in co-ed schools learn at the same speed or even faster than their segregated counterparts. If giving girls the opportunity to be free of gender stereotyping and associated pressure is unnatural, I for one am glad that single-sex schools are rewriting the rules.
In the first class, students completed a cognitive ability test and a sophisticated risk questionnaire. Bridging that academic chasm, they argue, deserves more attention than does the gender divide. Both academic and social skills are needed to succeed after school, and ideally a school environment should provide kids with the opportunity to develop both, regardless of whether it is single-sex or co-ed.
As a result, the classrooms in these schools are often dynamic, free, and bursting with ideas and conversation, all hallmarks of a great education.
But it has always struck me that mixed schools are much kinder places.
Single-sex schools face challenging trend A comprehensive new study released earlier this month that found single-sex schools may be headed for extinction, claiming there are no tangible benefits to separating students according to gender. Perhaps not. Some argue that single-sex education increases gender stereotyping and legitimises institutional sexism.