Even in a more modern country like the United States, there are still schools that are exclusive for boys or girls. In other parts of the world, giving separate education to males and females is the norm. But in a world where progressiveness is the ideal, co-education would seem the better setup in schools. Of course, there are pros and cons for both types of education systems. Here are the advantages and disadvantages for co-ed schools.
List of Advantages of Co-education
1. It exposes and teaches students about gender equality, sensitivity, and respect at an early age.
One reason why there is a lot of misunderstanding between males and females is due to the lack of knowledge and exposure to the nature of both genders. If your children weren’t able to interact with boys or girls of a similar age when they were younger, can you imagine how awkward and unsure they would be when they step into the real world? Co-ed environments allow kids to develop natural and friendly relationships with the opposite gender in a monitored setting. This can be crucial to teaching them about respecting, appreciating, and understanding the differences and uniqueness of each gender in their formative years.
2. It fosters friendly competition.
One of the biggest issues today is gender inequality. In most societies, males have better opportunities, education, wages, and benefits compared to females. Through co-education, boys and girls can learn that either gender can excel and compete healthily with each other.
3. It can help educational institutions save on resources.
Schools and governments won’t have to spend more on classrooms and teachers when males and females go to the same school and classes. As a result, they can focus their resources on more important things, such as improving educational facilities and programs for everyone and providing better access to education.
List of Disadvantages of Co-education
1. It can be a distraction for some.
Teasing, having crushes, and trying to impress the opposite gender is a normal phase human beings will go through. Having to interact with them everyday can make it more difficult for some students to focus on their studies because they could become more conscious or distracted because of certain ‘feelings’.
2. It can encourage early experimentation.
Along with the feelings of attraction, the urge to act out on those feelings will also follow. And since co-ed students can hang out with each other more often, there will be more chances to ‘experiment’. This is one reason why some parents want their children to study in exclusive schools for boys or girls during their kids’ formative years.
3. It can lead to cases of harassment.
There have been many cases of sexual assault and harassment in co-education institutions. But then again, there have also been such issues in single gender schools.
The concept of co-education has been around for a long time. In fact, Plato, the Greek philosopher, advocated the teaching of both females and males in the same institution without showing any discrimination in imparting education. He said that it creates a feeling of comradeship. Do you agree with these points?
Mixed Schools versus Separate Schools
by ABHISHEK SINHA
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.
Certain group of society feels that it is beneficial for boys and girls to be educated in separate institutions, whereas it has an opponent view who trust and support both the sex studying under one roof. This is also called Co education. I think going to a mixed education school has a lots of benefit such as gaining confidence and not being shy, cost effectiveness, respect for women as well as being more responsible citizen.
It has been observed that children who study at mixed gender school are more open and gains confidence as a natural phenomenon of being appreciated by opposite sex. Boys as being close to girls and vice versa gives a good opportunity to understand each other. This later on turns into respecting each other rather than being bias. Being attracted to opposite gender helps them to take ownership and eventually are being a bonhomie and responsible person. Single roof education reduces the cost of education as two different infrastructure is not required. My cousin is one of the best example. He was very shy when he was in boys school, however, after being admitted to a coeducational he in the virtue of showing himself special, he improved dramatically and today he is a confident and bonhomie person.
Having said that, people will advocate in support of separate schools for genders for risk of being engaged and committing unfair activities. There has been several instances where boys or girls getting attracted to each other and impacted there studies. Others went into illegal relationship at very early age. This is true do we have any assurance that such acts will not happen if they study at separate school. The answer is no.
In conclusion, despite of some drawbacks and risk what a coeducation may have, can not defeat several advantages. Therefore in my opinion, I agree to the thought that coeducation is more beneficial for boys and girls.
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