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should schools segragate by gender or gender identity

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Started: 3/1/2016 Category: Education
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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bellathedemocrat

Con

there have been schools that used gender for meaningless segregation on the bases that boys get daily surges of testosterone while girls get a simmiler thing but only once a month now this is what a school in albama stated to jhustify there sexist segregation in the school they also had boys desks lined up one in front of the other while girls were lined up in table groups on the bases that boys are more competitive than girls
William.Burnham

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Hello readers.

I would like to thank you for taking the time to peruse through our debate and vote on it. I would also like to thank my opponent for asking such an important question, a question which I feel we could all benefit from. I would like to make an open disclaimer that as a feminist, and a trans woman, I don't agree with gender segregation in most of it's current forms. I merely took Con to sharpen my debate skills, and to provide thoughtful discussion on a relevant and salient issue we all see nearly every day.

Gender segregation is the separation of people according to social constructions of gender, which is different than sex segregation, which divides people according to their sexual anatomy [1]. Studies have shown that people who identify as male or female have markedly different brains, this is even true of transgender individuals [2]. Differences between genders reflect the interaction of genes, hormones and social learning on brain development throughout the lifespan [2].

Males and females are inherently, biologically different from one another. As the saying goes: "Men are from Mars, women are from Venus". Entire sections of the brain, like the amygdala, the hippocampus, and the frontal lobe are dimorphic in nature, that is to say that they differ according to one's gender identity. Even white/grey matter can vary greatly. All of these physical differences create quite a few behavioral ones too.

Males and females react differently under stress. Males show an increase in chemicals like serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine; females do not. Males suffer from decreased object recognition while under stress, females do not, in fact their spatial recognition is increased by stress [2]. Scientific studies have found that high levels of testosterone, a primary hormone in males, can be directly correlated to crimes of sex and violence, the same is true for women who have abnormally high levels, although this is very rare [3].

Additionally, "research and reports from educators suggest that single-sex education can broaden the educational prospects for both girls and boys". Co-ed schools tend to reinforce gender stereotypes, while single-sex schools can break down gender stereotypes. For example, "girls are free of the pressure to compete with boys in male-dominated subjects such as math and science. Boys, on the other hand, can more easily pursue traditionally "feminine" interests such as music and poetry [4].

Overall, it's safer for females to be with others that identify as females, and allows both genders to excel in areas normally taboo for them. Additionally, when only one gender must be catered to, it streamlines the services available to both males and females, allowing for greater efficiency and safer atmospheres.

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1 - https://en.m.wikipedia.org...
2 - https://en.m.wikipedia.org...
3 - http://www.crimetimes.org...
4 - http://www.greatschools.org...
Debate Round No. 1
bellathedemocrat

Con

thank you for posting a good and full debate answer I've seen many people just post "you are stupid" over and over and before I start my re-buttle I would like to point out that Wikipedia is NOT a respectable recourse
When schools prohibit boys and girls from studying together in the same classroom, they may think that their gender is either better or inferior. According to "Forbes," when students are segregated by sex, they miss opportunities to work together and develop vital social skills. The publisher also states that segregated students often wonder about the reasons for separation, and they question the value of one gender over another. Gender-segregated schools produce young men and women who don"t know how to communicate with one another and leave lasting impressions that one gender is better than another. According to the American Psychological Association, this type of bigotry can cause problems in forming adult relationships as children get older. The APA argues that school is preparation for adult life and how boys and girls learn to interact will dictate relationships formed in the workplace.
When segregation raises its head, it usually casts one subject as having more value than another. Just as racial segregation promoted racism, schools segregated by sex promote sexism. According to "Science Daily," a study conducted in 2010 by Professor of Psychology, Human Development and Family Studies Lynn S. Liben examined classrooms segregated by sex and found signs of sexism in students. She concluded, "The choice to fight sexism by changing coeducational practices or segregating by gender has parallels to the fight against racism." When boys and girls are taught under separate roofs, they often wrongly conclude that one gender is better than the other gender.
In 2008 the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky filed a federal lawsuit arguing that segregated classrooms by sex in public schools is discriminatory and against the law. They argued that such educational methods violate multiple state and federal laws, in particular Title IX passed in 1972, which promotes gender equality. Emily Martin, Deputy Director of the ACLU Women"s Rights Project, added that sex-segregated classrooms are unlawful because they prevent children from equal opportunities in education and prevent students from benefiting from smaller class sizes, improved funding, teachers with better training and more parental involvement.
If students go to mixed gendered schools, they will benefit from having a richer range of experiences than those who go to single-sex classes. As most schools are mixed, children who go to same-sex schools might feel as if they are getting the short end of the stick. Although studies prove that boys and girls have the same brainpower and can learn the same things, there are unique learning traits in both genders. According to "Web M.D.," a boy"s brain utilizes a larger part of the cerebral cortex dedicated to mechanical and spatial functioning, and as a result, boys tend to have an easier time learning with pictures and movements. When girls and boys learn together, they can also learn from one another and benefit from exposure to peers with various learning styles.
The influence of single-sex classrooms has been cited as both a pro and a con as it relates to gender stereotyping. The Telegraph argues that by promoting girls' confidence, segregated classrooms allow them to act outside of gender stereotypes and to take on more leadership roles. However, Kim Gandy, the president of the National Organization for Women, told The New York Times that segregated classrooms can reinforce gender stereotypes because they are not challenged. For example, if a boy has not had to face a girl who has a strong personality -- or be beaten by a girl on a test or in a game -- he may not be able to handle working with a strong woman later in life.
The biggest disadvantage that critics cite for sex-segregated classrooms is that they do not prepare students for the real world. The workplace will not be segregated by sex. Students must learn to adapt to the differences that sex creates, both in interpersonal relations and in situations where they are expected to perform, such as school and work.
William.Burnham

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Debate Round No. 2
bellathedemocrat

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William.Burnham

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Debate Round No. 3
bellathedemocrat

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William.Burnham

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Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by bellathedemocrat 1 year ago
bellathedemocrat
sorry my little sister likes to use my computer
Posted by William.Burnham 1 year ago
William.Burnham
Bella, can we please keep this debate civil? There's no reason for personal attacks here.
Posted by bellathedemocrat 1 year ago
bellathedemocrat
btw im 11
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