If you’re considering the pros and cons of single sex and co-ed schools, you’ll certainly come across some strong feelings on both sides of the issue.But remember: You have to decide what is best for you.
It may prove difficult for students from single sex schools to adjust to a co-ed work atmosphere after they graduate.
Co-ed schools are likely to offer you more in the way of student diversity.
The research also shows that boys from single-sex schools were just as likely to take part in household chores – such as cooking the evening meal, laundry, cleaning and shopping."We found no link between single-sex schooling and the domestic division of labour," Professor Leonard will say.
The research failed to back up a claim made by advocates of mixed schooling that being taught co-educationally meant youngsters were less likely to opt for a homosexual or lesbian lifestyle.
Some students simply prefer single-sex schools while others prefer co-ed schools. Many students at single sex schools point to the lack of opposite sex as an enormous advantage.
Many students find it easier to focus on academics when they aren’t distracted by members of the opposite sex, and may find it easier to participate actively in classes where everyone is the same sex.The research covered 17,000 adults who had been taught in a range of institutions from private boarding schools to state comprehensives. Dr Leonard's findings have fuelled claims from teachers' leaders and education psychologists that boys brought up in a single-sex environment are less able to relate to the opposite sex than those taught in a co-educational school.Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, said: "All the research shows single-sex schools are good for girls but bad for boys – both in terms of academic performance and socialisation."Girls seem to learn what the nature of the beast is if they have been to single sex schools whereas boys taught on their own seem to find girls more puzzling."Dr Bousted added: "Boys learn better when they are with girls and they actually learn to get on better."The research also reveals that men taught in boys' schools are more likely to suffer from "a sense of malaise" or depression by their early 40s – possibly as a result of relationship breakdown.For example, boys learn to love literature in boys' schools, while girls in girls' schools feel more comfortable with math and science.Though it's hard to generalize about all single-sex schools, here are some commonalities that tend to characterize many single-sex schools: Despite the fact that many boys' and girls' schools are at the top of their game academically, they often have a more relaxed environment."Only 21 men and 22 women reported living with same-sex partners at age 42," says the research."We are therefore unable to comment on whether co-education did provide the 'clean, healthy, natural atmosphere' so commended by its early advocates."Nearly half of those born in the 1958 week under study, who subsequently graduated from universities, had attended single-sex schools, the research also found.