A new study from the OECD demonstrates again what we have been studying: Girls are better than boys in reading and boys are better in science.
"Single-sex education is shown effective for personal freedom in the assumption of roles considered to be typical of the other sex, minimizes stereotypes and opens the door to the choice of subjects considered to be of "girls" or "boys" with less social pressures.
A common issue that occurs in European classrooms is the presence of a 'culture' for boys and another for girls. Both genders tend to adopt a few roles and rules implicit that identify them with their sex group, creating little academic performance styles with the baggage of stereotypes sexist that brought in from outside the school.
In a single-sex school, if it is well managed, many ways to be a man or woman are allowed."
ADVANTAGES FOR GIRLS
Single-sex education offers students an environment free from social pressures. Girls can experiment more freely the subjects traditionally considered '' for boys” realize that they are capable and gain self-esteem and academic excellence. They can learn in an environment that minimizes the undesirable effects of gender stereotypes and gives them the freedom they need to develop their personality and enables them to expand the professional preferences of young women.
In a girls school female teachers constitute a female role model of excellence in all fields including, of course, technology, maths and sports competition. Also the best students in all academic areas will be girls and therefore appropriate to serve as a model to the rest.
ADVANTAGES FOR BOYS
Boys learn in an environment that filters many of anti-academic attitudes of masculinity.
In a single-sex boys school the teacher can adapt more easily the educational needs of their students and create an environment with a more formative and academic atmosphere.
The American sociologist Cornelius Riordan reaches a similar conclusion: "the first aspect to consider a single-sex school is the fact that provides to the girls and boys the best models of personal success for each sex. Single-sex schools can be especially beneficial for girls, since the best students in all academic areas will be girls and therefore appropriate to serve as a model. In addition teachers in female schools tends to be female. Something similar can be said about male schools, legitimizing be good student in spite of being a man"