Some People Think That It Is Better to Educate Boys and Girls in Separate Schools

Lilie King

Lilie King

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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 own opinion.

Sample Essay

While some people feel that boys and girls are better to be taught in single-sex schools, others argue that the two sexes get more out of coeducation. Although single-sex classrooms can help pupils achieve better academic results, I believe mixed-sex schools are better because they cultivate respect between the two genders.

On the one hand, it can be argued that those who go to an all-boys or all-girls school are more likely to have higher academic achievement. In coeducational schools, it is easy for adolescents to develop an infatuation for someone of the opposite sex. They may stare at that person instead of focusing on their teachers during the class.  In single-sex schools, by contrast, this problem does not arise, and as a consequence pupils can fully devote themselves to studying. However, I think academic abilities alone cannot guarantee their future career success. To succeed at work, they also need to learn how to interact with the other sex, but single-sex schools do not provide an environment in which they can do this.

On the other hand, mixed-sex classrooms foster mutual respect. In general, the two genders have different strengths. For example, boys tend to be good at sports whereas girls tend to be talented at the arts. They can learn from each other and in the process become respectful to each other. I think encouraging respect between the two sexes from an early age is extremely important because it helps to reduce gender inequality in the workplace.

In conclusion, it is true that schoolchildren who receive single-sex schooling can have better academic performance. However, I believe the two sexes should attend school together because this nurtures mutual respect.

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How to Vary Your Language

attend school together
  • coeducate
  • coeducation
  • coeducational schools
  • mixed-sex schools/classrooms/classes
be educated separately
  • single-sex education
  • single-sex schools
  • single-sex schooling
  • all-girls or all-boys schools
boys and girls
  • pupils
  • schoolchildren

Note that in British English, a student is someone attending a post-secondary educational establishment (a university or college).  Children at primary and secondary schools are called pupils or schoolchildren.

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