Should Classes Be Separated By Gender Essay Questions

by Jessica Ham

Do you like having the opposite sex sit in front of you in class? Yes, you might, but does it ever distract you from learning? I know from personal experience that having the opposite sex in class is very distracting. Girls and boys use their brains differently. Now, I’m not saying that boys are dumb but they do learn differently then us girls do. Girls are more language-oriented and boys are more math-oriented. That’s not always the case but, in most instances, it is true. That’s not the only reason I believe the government should separate all school classrooms by gender, there are many:

• There would be less distraction. When you see a cute boy or girl, you stare at them. Lisa Bennett, a psychologist with a Masters Degree in psychology from NYU, says that “It is part of human nature to want to be liked by someone. You see a person you like… it is natural for you to be distracted and think of nothing but getting to know them.”

• Fewer disciplinary problems would occur. Hankins Middle School in North Carolina just recently separated and the number of office referrals are continually going down. Boys tend to get in trouble to impress the ladies.

• Speaking of having an audience, students would be more likely to branch out and try new things without worrying what the opposite sex might think.

• Also, grades and test scores would be higher. 11-year-old Brenda of Hankins Middle School made the honor roll for the first time. She says, “When boys are around, you’re shy. And you won’t ask questions if you don’t get it.” [Rena Havner, Press-Register, Nov. 24, 2008] Teachers can spend extra time on subjects that boys or girls might struggle with. I was terrible at math in elementary school, like many girls are, and I would have loved it if my teacher could have spent more time explaining the subject. The Boston Globe states that schools in South Carolina are teaching boys math by taking them outside and using skateboard parts and teaching girls history with a trivia game. Boys learn better by going outside and learning with physical things while girls are more apt to learn from games and challenges where they are forced to be competitive.

If we allow our students to be separated, I believe our terrible education system will become great again. You will be proud of the test scores and the increase in high grade point averages. There will be fewer office referrals and the students will be less distracted and, therefore, get their work done. I feel that this is what is best for students and will make our schools a better learning environment. They would be allowed to mingle during breaks and lunch but the classrooms will be strictly segregated by sex.

Jessica Ham is 17 years old and an ongoing contributor to our Teen Talk section; with dreams of being on Broadway, she’s right at home covering Entertainment.

Tagged as: opinion, perspectives, teens

  • Boys and girls learn differently.

    Research have found that kids achieve higher results in single sex classes than in co ed classes.

    Boy's and girl's brains do function in different ways, so they learn very differently. Girls are more passive learners, they are usually good visual and auditory learners and do well with lots of class discussions and diagrams. Boys are more kinetic learners and they need to learn by doing. Single sex classes would mean we could cater for different learning styles.

    Girls and boys are also engaged by different stimuli. If your cater the class to the girls interests you will lose the boys and if you cater to the boys interests you will lose the girls.

    Boys are often intimidated by girls superior verbal abilities in classes like English. They score far better without girls around. The same goes for girls in classes like woodwork, PE and science.

    The opposite sex can also be a major distraction for students. Keeping it out of the classroom can help get work done.

  • Education at school

    Girls and boys do learn differently and they need to learn how ever is best. Also boys are very hyper. Girls can pay attention easier and sometimes boys are a distraction. I live with 2 boys it is easier to learn if the are showed and do it to learn.

  • Yes they should

    Boys and girls brains have hard wired differences in childhood and adolescent years, so separate schooling would benefit them. However, they need to develop nessecary social skills, sp they could share electives or after school actives or sports. All the schools would have to do is set aside aside special classrooms for the gender separated classes.

  • I think they should be in different schools.

    I think boys and girls should be in different schools because some girls and boys do not get along with each other. I think it is easier to talk to girls better than boys. Sometimes boys get on people's nerves. Boys think they are smarter than us, but truly they are not.

  • Girls are mean to boys

    Girls make fun of boys because they learn faster then boys. And many boys make wrong chooses by droping out of school. Girls go to college and have good life. And boys just try to make it in life. Research show that girls are always going to by smarter than boys. So my opinoin stays as having separated classes

  • Yes they should

    I think boys and girls should be taught sepretly because, it will help us concentrate and there won't be so many things on students minds. Like for example: dating(boyfriends and girlfriends), friend problems between girls and boys and you can't say that you won't know how to communicate with the opposite gender because yo can still talk to them at lunch or recess.

  • I think boys and girls should be in different classes.

    Some of the boys and girls' brain do function in different ways. Mixed-gender classes provide a distraction for some students that have trouble focusing to their work. Some boys and girls don't really get along because of their gender. I think they should be separated because some boys don't want to do the stuff that the girls might do, and some girls don't want to do the stuff that the boys might do.

  • Girls and Boys should be in separate schools because they only distract each other.

    Girls and boys gain confidence if they are apart because there is no judgement and everyone is equal. Boys do not have an advantage because they are only with boys, and girls are the same. This counts for sports, and also in school projects everything will be easier. Also, they learn better because they are not distracted and there is no relationship drama. Love life stays outside of school and so everyone stays more concentrated.

  • Girls and boys should be in different classes.

    Girls will be more confident without boys to say that they are better. Girl s and boys will focus on their academics and be less distracted. If they are more confident it makes them better individuals for the future. Also, boys are usually very immature and laugh at serious things which reduces the productivity tim

  • Yes they should

    They can feel comfortable in their own skin and not worry about impressing the opposite gender. Instead of focusing on trying to get the attention of the opposite sex, they can focus on learning. I think that a separated classroom is a good idea. I support the splitting of the classroom!

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