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C1. Single-sex institutions are bad for the emotional health of males.
Men always say that they do not understand women, perhaps because they were sent to single sex schools. Research has proved that boys who went to single sex schools as opposed to mixed schools are more likely to get divorced and suffer from depression in their 40. This is proof that we should school our children in mixed schools in order to give them the best bill of emotional health. Dr. Diana Leonard, who presented the findings, concluded that ‘Boys learn better when they are with girls and they actually learn to get on better’.
C2. Single-sex schools are manifestations of patriarchal societies
Single-sex schools are a throwback to the patriarchal society of the past; in many historical cultures, only men were allowed an education of any sort. To perpetuate this is to remind women of their past subservience and to continue to hold them from full social inclusion. In India, where the colonial yoke of British rule remains, the national average for the difference in male-female literacy is 16.7%, with some districts as high as 28%. Single-sex schools discourage female education and make it increasingly difficult for parents to find room for girls in the limited co-educational schools. A push for single-sex education therefore is ‘predicated on outdated, moronic, and destructive gender stereotypes’.
C3. Children need to be exposed to the opposite sex in preparation for later life
The formative years of children are the best time to expose them to the company of the other gender, in order that they may learn each other’s’ behaviour and be better prepared for adult life. The number of subjects benefiting from single-sex discussion is so small that this could easily be organised within a co-educational system. Furthermore, even if girls naturally perform better in an environment without boys, they need to learn how to perform just as well with boys. Dr. Alan Smithers, a respected British schools expert, declared in a 2006 report that ‘distraction by boys was a myth’ and that ‘half a century of research has not shown any dramatic or consistent advantages for single-sex education for boys or girls’.
Garner, R. ‘Why single-sex schools are bad for your health’. The Independent, 1 December 2009.
Asthana, A. ‘Single-sex schools ‘no benefit to girls’’. The Guardian, 25 June 2006.
macybizarre forfeited this round.
In my last speech i would like to say my opponet was confuse and now has forfeited but anyway single-gendered classrooms are horrible for socializing you only get to see the opposite sex for maybe 2-3 minutes in middle school and high school in elementary your without then for 7 hours thats gonna hurt you later in life you wont know what to do.
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