The Many Advantages of Single-Sex Schools
The advantages of single-sex schools According to multiple long-term studies of children from around the world, students achieve more and learn better in single-sex schools.
An Australian study of 270,000 students found that both boys and girls performed significantly higher on standardized tests when they attended gender-specific schools.
During an experiment in Virginia in 1995, 100 eighth graders were separated just for math and science courses. Almost immediately, the girls began to achieve more, become more confident and participate more often in class.
In 2001, a British study concluded that nearly every girl regardless of her ability or socioeconomic status performed better in single sex classrooms than co-ed ones. The study of study of 2954 high schools and 979 primary schools showed that while boys at the lowest ends academically improved the most in single sex schools, single-sex education was particularly beneficial to girls. Every one of the top fifty elementary schools and top twenty high schools in Britain are single sex schools.
Many Real & Lasting Benefits for Girls
At all-girls schools, teachers use the latest techniques keeping with the female learning style. The textbooks and other materials don’t have a male bias. Girls are more able to participate in class discussions since there aren’t boys around to dominate as in co-educational schools. Girls become more confident in themselves as students and earn higher scores on their College Board and Advanced Placement examinations.
In addition, the presence of female adult role models, the lack of male favoritism, and the absence of the expectations for girls to be nice, quiet, non-athletic, and passive led to more successful academic careers when girls began college.
Professor Robin Robertson said she could identify students from girls-only schools on the first day of class. “They were the young women whose hands shot up in the air, who were not afraid to defend their positions, and who assumed I would be interested in their perspective,” Roberson said.
Girls take over all the positions of leadership in an single sex school, whether it’s drama, sports, yearbook, or debate team, and they are more likely to major in math and science in college. After ten years of studying sexism in classrooms, professors Myra and David Sadker concluded that girls stay confident and learn more in single sex schools – “where girls are the players, not the audience.”
Positive Influences & Successful Outcomes
Almost 90% of girls in co-ed high schools are affected by some form of sexual harassment. Being in an atmosphere that counters the negative influence of mass media and its troubling depictions of women and girls is a positive for teenage girls during a time when body image and self-esteem are most critical.
The National Coalition of Girls’ Schools reports the following successes:
- When rating their computer skills, 36% of graduates of independent girls’ schools consider themselves strong students, compared to 26% of their co-ed peers.
- 48% of girls’ school alumnae rate themselves great at math versus 37% for girls in co-ed schools.
- Three times as many alumnae of single-sex schools plan to become engineers.
A quarter of the female members of Congress and one-third of all female members of Fortune 100 boards graduated from all-women’s colleges. Adult graduates of all-girls high schools and colleges report extreme satisfaction with their education.