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Single sex schools are good for education.

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Started: 5/18/2014 Category: Education
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I will post my first argument once somebody has accepted this debate. There will be three rounds instead of the listed four. In case you were not paying attention, you're on the opposition side.


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Debate Round No. 1


Thank you. I will start this debate.

Often in elementary schools and high schools, dating and crushes are a common theme. It is often a popular and trending topic for tweens & teens.

From my personal experience, I've had friends that obsess of either a guy or a girl. And a couple of them actually began dating. My friends would talk endlessly about the guy or girl and then get distracted from their studies. They would text them in class and at home, FaceTime them, and all that other stuff. Their grades actually began to fall.

There were other scenarios where the girl and the guy break up. And then from there, they spiral into some sort of depression (not heavy depression, just some kind). I had a friend experienced a break up before and it took me months to talk her out of it. She kept drawing depressing pictures and often texting me after school about her problems. That distracted her from her studies and well as mine.

Sometimes, my friends would talk about a cute guy they liked. They would call me or text me just to talk about that guy. It would be quite rude to hang up, so I'm forced to sit there and just listen to what they have to say for hours.

Personally, I've had times when I would be obsessed with whether or not I should tell this guy I liked him. I would worry about what he would say and all that stuff. When he talked to me, I would pay attention to him instead of the teacher. After, I would have to ask the teacher to repeat everything they said because I was distracted the entire time.

This is partly why same-sex schools can be beneficial.

P.S. I understand that you are a guy and these problems may not actually occur in your case (girls are too complicated). Plus, you're a little too old to still be experiencing these kind of scenarios. I'm still in elementary school.



Single-sex schools are not good for education for a variety of reasons.

First, single-sex schools can force male and female students into stereotypical learning environments. Some male students may express slightly sensitive tendencies, while female students may express masculine tendencies. In single-sex schools, the learning environment will be different for both boys and girls. If a boy or girl must learn in a classroom where the teacher presents material geared to the common likes and interests of the same sex, he or she will feel left out and unenthusiastic if his or her interests are unique to other members of the same sex. For example, if a young "tomgirl" must learn in a classroom full of colors and girly materials, she will feel uncomfortable.

Those who support single-sex schools argue that making students learn with people of the same sex helps eliminate "distractions" by disposing of the opportunity of sexual attraction of the opposite sex in the learning environment. This argument ignores the population of students with homosexual orientation. If a homosexual male student finds himself learning in an environment full of people of the same sex, his distractions are increased and not limited.

You mentioned how many children fail to succeed in school because of romantic relationships with the opposite sex. I'm going to argue that a same-sex learning environment will not fix this problem. Although a same-sex classroom may prevent a child from engaging in a distracting romantic relationship during school hours, it does not prevent a child from having a romantic relationship outside of school. A distracting out-of-school relationship can still deter a child from academic focus. Also, it is the child's, as well as the teacher's, responsibility for the child to listen in class and assimilate information. If a child is not focusing because he or she is preoccupied with a conversation with a friend regarding someone of the opposite sex, it is, fundamentally, the student's job to politely pause the chit chat, listen, and pay attention. Also, even if students are learning in a same-sex environment, they will most likely find other subjects to talk about during class. So, fundamentally, talking when a student should not be talking is the primary issue.

In a single-sex classroom, students fail to learn an important attribute to their future: professional interaction with members of the opposite sex. In the classroom, learning with same-sex students may boost test scores, however, it does not address future social, professional, and workforce situations. In most career paths, adults must work alongside opposite-sex coworkers. If a student spends most of his or her educational career with limited professional interaction involving opposite-sex students, he or she will be, to some extent, a disadvantaged employee when he or she receives a job. Co-ed classrooms allow social and professional interactions between opposite-sex students, thus transcending test scores and preparing children for the real world.

Debate Round No. 2


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Although single-sex schools improve grades, test scores, and college acceptance, the U.S. Department of Education found in 2005 that there was insufficient evidence to suggest single-sex improves educational outcomes for students. Additionally, researchers find it difficult to test and determine whether single-sex schools are superior to co-ed schools.

Debate Round No. 3


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