Co-education is a system of educating boys and girls together which has always been heavily debatable between the elder masses in some countries.
In ancient times, co-education was prevalent in Greece only. Today, this system of education is present, and typically the norm, in almost all the countries of the world. It is economical and also generates a spirit of comradeship between boys and girls.
For years, self-appointed gurus have been successfully promoting single-sex classrooms in public schools, arguing that they boost achievement and help children.
In a world where men and women increasingly toil side by side in the workplace, getting to know and appreciate the opposite sex is important. A Canadian study found that girls in co-ed classes were more confident about expressing their views in front of male peers than girls in single-sex classrooms. And students in co-ed schools were more likely to say that their peers respected the opposite sex.
- Co-educational schools reflect the diversity within our society and they better prepare students to succeed in post-Secondary education and to eventually enter the workforce. This is an essential factor in career aspect.
- In a co-educational learning environment, students are exposed to both male and female role models in staff and senior students. Also, most students in co-educational schools find it easy to find a group that they fit in with.
- Research shows students in co-educational schools turn out to be confident expressing their views in the presence of members of the opposite sex because collaboration between the sexes in the classroom helps develop confidence in students and they excel at university and beyond, as leaders.
- Students at the independent co-educational schools feel comfortable about who they are and have a healthy, positive attitude and self-image because they are more likely to feel safe in their school environment.
- Working together in the classroom and on homework assignments provides boys and girls the opportunity to learn from each other intellectually, as well as socially. However, some gender differences in learning do exist, but instructors are skilled in catering for diverse learning needs in the classroom.
- For both girls and boys, co-education provides a more realistic way of training young people to take their places naturally in the wider community of men and women.
- Co-education helps to break down the misconceptions of each sex about the other and provides an excellent foundation for the development of realistic, meaningful and lasting relationships in later life.
- I studied in a co-educational school. And I must admit, it is also very successful in challenging sexist attitudes. Many subjects in secondary school allow for considerable classroom discussions and debates. In our school, both the female and male perspectives were explored in such discussions and this was a very important learning experience for all. In doing so, we learned that ‘equality’ does not mean ‘sameness’ and that men and women often have different perspectives on the same issues and that each approach has a great deal to offer the other.
Diversity will play a large role in the future of our students; educational institutions should promote co-education and the progression of diversity and inclusion throughout lesson plans.