Single-sex education used to be common in the United States, but by the end of the 19th century the approach had all but disappeared from public schools. Now, some districts are experimenting with dividing students by gender again as a way to improve academic performance. Educators disagree about whether the strategy works. What do you think?
School is about preparing people for life. Communicating with people outside your family including people from the other sex is a social skill that has high value. If you never learnt how to communicate with people from the other sex you will probably end as socially very dull person.
We live in world where respect for differences must be learned early.
These differences independent of what they may be, must be addressed teaching everyone to know and respect each other.And there's no way we learn to deal with them if we do not have the contact between girls and boys..
Girls tend to do better academically at single-sex schools. It makes less of a difference to boys.
I agree with Kraut9.
I don't see the point in separating people who will anyway share the same work and life context in the future.
Moreover, there is no scientific evidence that human brain works differently according to the gender.
Students always find a reason, a way and an excuse to be disruptive, dreamy, distracted, stressed and angry. If you separate the boys from the girls, they will find some other point of interest.
Schools that practice gender separation may present better academic results indeed, but I think this is because they usually are private establishements who also offer extra tutoring, close monitoring of homework, better labs, better books, better libraries and a firmer attitude towards irresponsible parents.
A school teacher that can recognise dyslexia, for example, and is able to teach accordingly or a teacher that is open minded with children from different backgrounds would be a much better investments than destroying the students' future social life.