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Single Sex Schools

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Task

Some people feel that children should be educated in single sex schools; others argue that mixed schools are better. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.

Single Sex Schools

In many countries, schools are divided into single-sex and mixed-sex. Most often it is a tribute to tradition when boys were taught joinery and military affairs, and girls were taught needlework and playing the piano. For example, it happens that special military schools accept only boys. Alternatively schools can be divided for some religious reasons.

Some people think that combining boys and girls in the same class makes kids nervous because of thinking of the opposite sex and not about the lessons.

But now mixed schools are more common than other ones. And there are many reasons for this.

First, then children are integrated, they don’t have problems communicating with the opposite sex. Second, men and women have equal abilities to study all kinds of subjects, so why do we need to separate them? When we divide children by gender, we show them that they aren’t equal. It is like we are saying to them that they were separated for various reasons and leave the children an open book to think about why girls are worse than boys or vice versa. If there are only boys in the classroom, they don’t see that girls can also be smart. People know how strong a prejudice that boys are smarter than girls can be. The opposite is also true. When girls don’t see that boys can also sing or dance well, they think that all boys are clumsy and awkward.

So, we see single sex schools have more disadvantages than advantages. Boys and girls are different, but equal. And the best way to show that to our children is to teach them in mixed-sex schools.

Vocabulary

  • needlework – the art or practice of sewing or embroidery
  • tribute – an act, statement, or gift that is intended to show gratitude, respect, or admiration

Sources of information was used for preparing this article:

  1. IELTS Practice

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