I t was financial imperative that prompted the Armidale School to break with its more than year tradition of teaching boys exclusively on its grounds in the New England tablelands of New South Wales. The school wanted to grow. When consulting parents and community, headmaster Murray Guest and the school insisted it would be introducing co-education without changing culture and tradition. But they were wrong: It has sparked a revival of debate about whether such single-sex school environments breed hypermasculine behaviours , and raises the question: Dylan Laver graduated from high school two years ago, having attended Sydney Grammar boys school before finishing school at the co-ed Manly public high school.
New research shows boys do better at single-sex schools
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Schools looking for ways to increase student motivation and academic achievement ought to consider offering single-gender classrooms as one highly effective change that can address students' needs. Single-gender education is a legal option for any K public school, and it can be implemented quickly and at little cost. In South Carolina, school interest in the single-gender choice is growing: Our state has schools now offering such options for students—the highest in the nation—and more are considering doing so for the school year. Currently, single-gender classes are offered in kindergarten through 9th grade in urban, rural, and suburban districts across the state.
As an alumna of all-girl schools, I can tell you that the idea that girls in single-gender learning institutions are focused, charming little angels who never behave badly is laughably silly. I'd like to formally apologize to all my teachers. But single-gender education versus co-ed schooling has attracted a lot of attention, with parents wondering if it's better to have boys and girls in school together, or with their own gender.
Back to: Found In: If you walked into the average public school classroom in the United States, you'd find an equal number of boys and girls.