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The advantages & disadvantages of co-education system

Updated on December 18, 2012

Education is a right of both boys and girls. However, they are different in the way they learn, and they have different interests and strengths, that’s why people in some countries prefer to send their children to a single-sex school than to a co-educational one.

On the one hand, in some countries, the choice of separating boys and girls at schools is often advocated on the basis of traditions, cultural or religious values. In some muslim countries, such as in Saudi Arabia, most of people prefer to send their children to a single-sex school because the parents consider it as a tradition or a cultural value which they inherited from their ancestors and to which they hold on strongly. For instance, a father who used to go to a koranic school when he was a child, decides to educate his son on his way, by sending him to a koranic school in which he will learn the Koran with boys instead of sending him to a co-educational elemantary school. In addition, some muslims claim that the religion necessitates the separation of both sexes unless there will be lots of distractions and problems. By doing this, students will be able to concentrate more in class. Moreover, some teachers believe in this kind of education because it is very fruitful, it helps increasing class participation, and also in the improvements of the level of students, and they get good grades in their exams. Besides, they are better able to focus on their school work and likely to show off or impress each other. So, some muslim countries see that the single sex-educational system is the right choice for every student due to its benefits.

On the other hand, despite all of these benefits of single-sex education, the opponents of this or the proponents of co-educational system see that the idea of splitting up boys and girls is not a good idea. The opponents claim that the single-sex educational system has negative impacts on both boys and girls. For example, they will not have social skills or the opportunity to interact between them, compared with those who are educated in co-education schools, who have a great level of confidence and a deepened relationship which help both boys and girls in their future life, especially when they will marry,they will be able to understand and respect each other without facing any problem. Furthermore, the fence of shyness will be removed, and they will be encouraged to talk and discuss things freely and confidently. As a result of this single-sex educational system, both boys and girls will fail to communicate and to know each other.

To sum up, one can conclude that single-sex educational system pros outweigh its cons ; that is to say, in some situations this system of education is necessary, but in others is not because it all depends on the educational strategies of a country and the beliefs of its people. However, co-educational system is very beneficial for bothe sexes as well as the society.

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 4 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Welcome to Hubpages! This was an interesting read, a good start for your Hubpages experience! Good luck!

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      James Bali 4 years ago from London

      Thanks. I am glad that you enjoyed reading my humble hub. More to come in the upcoming days. Please forget to follow me , thanks.

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I agree, there are both pro's and con's to co-education. Sometimes I think if you separate the sexes they can better keep their minds on studying. But then again I think that the socialization of males and females as they grow up is important.

      Welcome to hubpages. You're off to a great start.

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      frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

      Your hub was interesting in your choice of education, but I think I fall on the side of single-sex education WITH some days or even just classes together at designated times...say once a week. Would rather complicate how that might be done, but I believe the distractions of junior school through high school would be enough lessened in a single-sex forum to make it more viable for learning.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      If you've read my hub on this subject you already know where I stand. Lots of other countries are even worse than the U.S. when it comes to discriminating against women and one of the excuses they give for this is saying that women and men learn differently and therefore require different environments and methods in the classroom.

      I got the highest grades in my class all the way through 12 years of school. 2 of my teachers wanted me to skip grades and frankly I missed a lot of school (weeks/months) due to sickness, but was still not held back. Yup, more A's in everything than any of the boys.

      Our school was co-ed, and students graduated knowing how to read and do basic math or above with pencil and paper. I think single sex classrooms are just another way to attempt to hold women back from their potential to succeed at whatever they seriously attempt.

      Boys and girls need to learn to get along and to work together. I don't think that can be accomplished very well when they are separated for 12 of the most important years of their lives. Years when they learn most easily and best and when they form the attitudes and values that will serve them all of their lives. Years when they are most impressionable and most likely to be swayed into believing that men are superior and women inferior. I think separation fuels competition to the extent that boys will continue to say they are superior to girls because of this and that. We need to get rid of that attitude.

      That attitude fosters lower productivity and low moral in the workplace. It holds women back from making important accomplishments and in turn their employers lose the creativity and problem solving they would benefit from by letting their male egos run free and irresponsibly.

      Instead of wasting time trying to find ways to put women back in "their place," why not use your resources to improve your own performance and creative abilities?

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      DREAM ON 4 years ago

      An interesting hub bringing up both sides and two ways of learning.I grew up and spent my whole life in a co-educational system.I found it a wonderful experience interacting with females and through many years of school.I think it is very important in developing social skills used for the rest of our life.There were many times girls exceeded boys in class but in the end I think boys held our own.You might learn in different ways or at different speeds but the connection and social atmosphere made in the classrooms would only help in the future both in the work force and in marriage to make things so much easier.Keep writing and informing others on the topics you love.

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      James Bali 4 years ago from London

      Thanks Dream on for your nice comment. Of course , I will keep writing !

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      waleed 3 years ago

      this is very good site'

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      inday sond 3 years ago

      co-education system is very good for boys and girls

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      Hania 3 years ago

      Very nice essay...... Keep it up.....keep writing more essays of this type. :)

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      sonia 3 years ago

      no its wrong its depend to the child

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      aqsa 3 years ago

      suuper

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      suraj seth 3 years ago

      actually there is no gender in education. everyone has right to study.

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      shanzay 3 years ago

      coeducation is very nice because in today's worldmen and women are equal

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      nice

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