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Sun Apr 26, 2015, 02:08 PM

Girls thrive in single sex schools because they do not have to impress boys, head says

Single sex education is better for teenage girls as it takes the pressure off them to try and impress boys in a “sexualised world”, the headmistress of one of Britain's best boarding schools has claimed.

Rhiannon Wilkinson, head of Wycombe Abbey in Buckinghamshire, suggested female pupils were allowed to "remain girls for longer" at boarding school so they can focus on their work.

She added single boys hold girls back because girls mature faster and it is best for their education to grow in a "boys free" environment.

Speaking to the Telegraph, she said: "My wide educational experience in both mixed and girls’ schools has shown me clearly that girls are best served educationally in their teenage years in a boy-free work environment.
"Most psychological studies suggest that girls and boys develop at different rates and that girls are far in advance of boys through the teenage years: it is in a girl's best interests to be educated separately, at least until boys catch up with her."

A study published in 2013 by Newcastle University scientists found evidence that girls' brains can start maturing from the age of 10 while some men do not start that process until they are between 15 and 20.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/11561711/Girls-thrive-in-single-sex-schools-because-they-do-not-have-to-impress-boys-head-says.html

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Reply Girls thrive in single sex schools because they do not have to impress boys, head says (Original post)
Troll2 Apr 2015 OP
Gamle-ged Apr 2015 #1
Troll2 Apr 2015 #7
Muddling Through Apr 2015 #2
MrSlayer666 Apr 2015 #3
liberalguy Apr 2015 #4
Just sayin... Apr 2015 #5
Zimm_Man_Fan Apr 2015 #6
Da Mannn Apr 2015 #8

Response to Troll2 (Original post)

Sun Apr 26, 2015, 02:15 PM

1. Schools segregated by sex, rather than by race. What an interesting idea which has...

.. come around again. How has this worked out in strict Islamic countries where it is enforced?...

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Response to Gamle-ged (Reply #1)

Sun Apr 26, 2015, 03:03 PM

7. In Iran, primary through high school are sex segregated. Women are 60% of university students.

So perhaps the lack of girls to compete with (over?) is bad for boys.

Note that the first woman to ever win the Fields Medal in mathematics was Maryam Mirzakhani from Iran. So it may be better for women's progress in STEM careers.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maryam_Mirzakhani

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Response to Troll2 (Original post)

Sun Apr 26, 2015, 02:16 PM

2. This is an interesting concept that deserves to be explored

more fully. It would be easier to accomplish in urban environments where there are more schools closer together to ease transportation issues. There has been some success with uniform standards such as specific colored shirts and generic slacks/skirts instead of completion for wearing the latest "name brand" fashion. YMMV.

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Sun Apr 26, 2015, 02:31 PM

3. I agree with this. And the same works in reverse.

From personal experience I can say that this can be true.

I went to Catholic high school which was all male, except for the second half of sophomore year where I went to public which was co-ed. In Catholic school I was straight first honors, national honors society, top of my class. The half year I went to public school I ended up in summer school because I was too busy with girls to do any work. I voluntarily went back to Catholic school in junior year because I couldn't really deal with the distraction and lack of discipline in public. Went right back to the honor roll.

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Response to Troll2 (Original post)

Sun Apr 26, 2015, 02:47 PM

4. It's good for boys too.

 

http://www.singlesexschools.org/research-singlesexvscoed.htm

Researchers at Stetson University in Florida completed a three-year pilot project comparing single-sex classrooms with coed classrooms at Woodward Avenue Elementary School, a nearby neighborhood public school. For example, students in the 4th grade at Woodward were assigned either to single-sex or coed classrooms. All relevant parameters were matched: the class sizes were all the same, the demographics were the same, all teachers had the same training in what works and what doesn't work, etc. On the FCAT (Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test), here were the results:
Percentage of students scoring proficient on the FCAT

boys in coed classes: 37% scored proficient
girls in coed classes: 59% scored proficient
girls in single-sex classes: 75% scored proficient
boys in single-sex classes: 86% scored proficient.
Remember, these students were all learning the same curriculum in the same school. And, this school "mainstreams" students who are learning-disabled, or who have ADHD etc. Many of those boys who scored proficient in the all-boys classes had previously been labeled "ADHD" or "ESE" in coed classes.

2008 update: in a recent report on NBC Nightly News, Professor Kathy Piechura-Couture of Stetson University , reported that over the four years of the pilot study, 55% of boys in the coed classrooms scored proficient on the FCAT, compared with 85% of boys in the all-boys classes. Same class size. Same curriculum. Same demographics.

2013 update: at our NASSPE conference in October 2013, the team of researchers from Stetson informed us that the gap between the single-gender classrooms and coed schools has narrowed. The single-gender classrooms remain high-performing, but the coed classrooms are catching up. After extensive interviews with the teachers, the Stetson researchers believe that the coed classrooms are catching up because the teachers are learning how to deploy the strategies learned in the single-gender classrooms in coed classrooms. Critics of single-gender classroom formats often insist that we should ignore gender differences or work against them. But the teachers' own experience suggests just the opposite: that working in consonance with gender differences can help to boost achievement for both girls and boys, even in a coed classroom.

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Response to Troll2 (Original post)

Sun Apr 26, 2015, 02:49 PM

5. Might be better for the boys...

But in my opinion, what's usually harder for girls to deal with is not boys, it's other girls.

Sharks make better friends than most teenage girls.

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Response to Just sayin... (Reply #5)

Sun Apr 26, 2015, 02:54 PM

6. I just read this OP out loud to my GF on the other side of the room

(actually doing something productive, unlike her BF), and she replied almost word for word just what you said here. Great minds think alike!

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Response to Troll2 (Original post)

Sun Apr 26, 2015, 06:21 PM

8. Segregation finds a home within the Left

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