Are co-educational schools better than same-sex schools? Ever since the introduction of same-sex schools in our country, society has debated upon this topic, and a conclusive answer to it has never been found. Nevertheless, it cannot be overlooked that both types of schools have their own advantages and disadvantages. However, what are these pros and cons? Which school is truly the better one?
Personally, I feel that co-educational schools have the upper hand against same-sex schools. Why? Well firstly, it prepares the student to face the real world. In a same-sex school, they are only exposed to an environment where their peers are of the same gender, with similar interests, similar perspectives and so on. However, in a co-educational school, the student will be exposed to a diversified environment, with both boys and girls. In this environment, the student must learn to accept and adjust himself to the varying perspectives and interests. This is similar to when a student graduates, when they step into the working world and must learn to tolerate others, regardless of race, religion or gender.
Secondly, students in co-educational schools are able to develop the ability to interact with the opposite gender quickly. In a co-educational school, students are exposed to people who have different thoughts, different perspectives, the way that they see things may not be necessarily the same as they themselves. When opportunities to work together arrive, for example in a group project, the student will be trained to work with each other, to use each other’s ideas to achieve an objective. A mutual understanding between genders will also be established. This contrasts with a same-sex school. The students lack exposure to the opposite gender. If the opportunity to work together arrives, it will be a very awkward situation for both parties due to the lack of experience in interaction.
Thirdly, it develops confidence. By being in a co-educational school, students are presented with the opportunity to lead a group of boys and girls. This will encourage them to step up and have the courage to interact and talk to their group members, thus building confidence. By being confident, even when grouped with other genders, this will help them develop leadership skills, which will be essential when they step into the working life. In contrast, in a same-sex school, the students would only be seeing familiar faces, people whom they already understand and know how to interact with. As a result, they will only get used to working with the people they know, and may falter when interacting with others once they step into the adult life.
Finally, co-educational school students will allow students to develop a deeper understanding of the opposite gender. The people and friends whom they meet at school will stay with them for at least the next 5 years of their lives. In those 5 years, by interacting with peers of contrasting genders, a sense of understanding will be developed among the students. As a result, a sense of respect will exist among the students. Stereotypes and objectification of each other’s genders will cease to exist and tolerating each other’s differences will become the key to companionship, thus creating a harmonious environment to study and interact. What about in a same-sex school? Sadly, the exact opposite happens. The opposite gender is stereotyped and objectified as “below the men”. It even reaches a point where sexist thoughts will linger among the students, causing the opposite gender to be quickly dismissed.
As you can see, co-educational schools have notable advantages over a same-sex school. Of course, these points are merely my two cents on this topic. No matter what you may choose, a co-educational school or a same-sex school as your institution of choice, both have advantages and disadvantages that may or may not suit your needs. The ball is in your court. So, what will it be? The diversified co-educational school? Or the academically high-achieving same-sex school?