Girls and boys think differently in some areas and same in others. It will give more perspective on a project if they work together. Plus, just because it is a boy and girl does not mean all they will do is flirt and not focus on the project. Some may but the circumstances change. It can make the opposite gender feel different as well. It can make some boys feel not as smart and girls feel regressed to the point that girls aren't allowed to work with the boys. In groups/pairs groups need dynamics.
Either isn't distracting, in which case... WHY NOT???
Or it is distracting, in which case it will help prepare the students for real life, where you will be partnered with people of the opposite gender.
So partnering boys and girls together for schoolwork is good either way. 3 more words.
It will help develop their social skills. It will help boys get used to talking to someone of the opposite gender because chances are they are hanging around with their friends (of the same gender) during break time or lunch. Should boys and girls be partnered together for schoolwork? The answer is YES!
Has there ever been a job where you don't associate with the opposite gender? No there hasn't because everyone knows that it takes a village of people to commit and work together. This may not be the perfect village, but there never really was. The only thing that is certain is: you will eventually have to communicate and partner with people of the opposite gender so it's only fair that, as educators, you prepare them for the real world. And the real world is that boys and girls will have to work together one day. So why not now?
If you were to pair two boys together on say, a project regarding the economy (failing/ not failing), then most likely they will both agree with the first person that makes a good idea, and won't stray much further away from that. Boys think more or less the same over a whole, as most students would understand just by being in a classroom. But pairing a boy with a girl will cause more conflict that will benefit the research and questions that choose. For example; a boy would think about one particular mainly because that is what most interests his gender, but a girl will introduce a new outlook on the issues that are instructed to be discussed. This makes for a more in-depth investigation on the topic and can give both the boy and the girl a brand new outlook on that particular topic.
Of course they should. Arguments about flirting and procrastinating are invalid here. Let your kids be kids . They wanna learn and its important for them to know how to do this with both boys and girls. Restricting them narrows their view of life and hinders personal growth. Yea sure as a parent you are concerned about what your children are involved in but that shouldn't cause you to hinder their growth. Have a little faith in your children and students
Boys and girls should be paired off with each other, whenever possible. Since boys and girls do often have different perspectives, it could/would better prepare them for entry into the real world later on, and to work with and alongside people with different perspectives. Co-Ed classes and work projects are the best.
If a boy goes to school with only his sex, he eventually becomes alienated to the opposite sex. He will lose the opportunity to gain social skills with the females, and that could affect his future (same goes for an all girl's school). School is supposed to prepare children for the life ahead of them. If they cannot reach outside of their own sex, that could prove devastating for their future.
The negating side use the argument of distraction, yet most guys don't want to work with girls over their looks but rather to work with somebody that isn't going to procrastinate and not do the work (unfortunately like many guys). Excluding this basically implies there is a line between males and females and that we should all be exclusive based off our gender. I was brought up in both an all-boys and a co-educational school, and I am now heavily opposed to same-sex schools as it doesn't prepare you for the proper social situations of each gender. Boys and boys plus girls and girls can be equally distracting, especially friends, to each other so the argument against this is blatantly invalid.
We all have a role in society and it's about time we get who's is what correct. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Having attended an all girls school throughout my high school career I support single sex education. I think that it eliminated distraction and also allows for a more nurturing learning environment. It eliminates the tension and anxiety of speaking out in class and sharing opinions. Even though you don't have male competition you still are challenged by the other female students.
No! Boys and girls should not be partnered together. In the higher grades, boys and girls in partners will flirt together, and focus more on each other than on the project. Also, boys would rather work with boys, and same for girls. Girls in girl-girl pairs score higher than girls in boy-girl pairs, whose performance was dropped by 50%, (according to a study in 1997) and girls do not improve boys' scores on anything. It doesn't help the boys, and it hurts girls. Single sex pairs are the safe way to go.
No, no, no! No! Boys and girls should not be partnered together. In the higher grades, boys and girls in partners will flirt together, and focus more on each other than on the project. Also, boys would rather work with boys, and same for girls. Girls in girl-girl pairs score higher than girls in boy-girl pairs, whose performance was dropped by 50%, (according to a study in 1997) and girls do not improve boys' scores on anything. It doesn't help the boys, and it hurts girls. Single sex pairs are the safe way to go.