am writing with reference to the article published in your newspaper
in January about girls’ performance in single-sex schools. It is
said the results and targets accomplished by them are better than the
ones achieved in co-educational centres according to recent research.
are obvious reasons which would explain it. Firstly, we could mention
the fact of the ratio. While in co-educational centres the number of
students in each class is more than twenty, this figure is extremely
uncommon in single-sex schools. Attending a small group of students
is, by far much easier than teaching a large one.
Secondly, education professionals
have a good chance to adapt their teaching methods to the girls’
learning attitudes, interests and motivations. In single-sex classes
they are more confident and I am convinced that the security
environmental feeling created is better and favour their learning
Another reason why girls’
performance in single-sex schools is better would be the competitive
mess arisen among pairs. The focus on the group would be to become
the best and every effort would drive to achieve high marks in the
the other hand, we have to bear in mind that this kind of education
is not a real one. Benefits of co-education all along the world are
widely spread. In co-educational schools boys take advantage because
usually they learn skills acquired earlier by girls. I mean that in
mixed classes boys perform better than in mixed ones, which is just
the opposite in the girls’ case.
my own point of view based on twenty years of teaching English as a
foreign language in Spanish primary schools I would recommend
co-education for some reasons. One of them would be the chances
education must offer to all of us. We have to be able to give same
opportunities. Our duty is to educate for the real life, and this
means much more than teaching. This is the main reason why I will
always defend co-education.
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