Sun 16 Oct, 2005 10:31 am
I want to know if Co-education is good or bad, and the reasons why its either good or bad.I have to make a report on them by tomorrow.Need help.
It's a mixed bag. Co-educational school environments tend to prevent students from being sheltered and helps them to become better able to deal with the realities of the world--in short, there are some social benefits to be derived from co-education because being in close contact with the opposite sex everyday means it won't be an alien experience when one encounters the same in the workplace. However, girls are more likely to flourish in an all-girl school environment because there's less sexism, sexual harassment, and less pressure to conform to traditionally feminine roles. It is still the case that girls tend to avoid appearing intelligent or being labeled a "brain" or "nerd" because it's a turn-off for boys. This pressure is absent in the all-girl environment. On top of that, there are some classes where boys are inhibited, even today. I teach English--it's generally okay for boys to be competent writers, have good vocabularies, etc., but they get flak for being in touch with their emotions and being able to connect to their writing and to literature on an emotional level. All-male classes wouldn't correct this, but there would be less pressure to appear 'macho' in a class without girls.
The longer I teach, the more convinced I am that there should be separate classes for girls and boys--same selection, same academic rigor, but recognize the patriarchal nature of society and provide a learning environment that limits its harmful effects on our students. It troubles my soul to see bright, sensitive students fettered by social pressures to conform to ultimately sexist and harmful gender roles. It hinders them greatly from realizing their true potentials.