Coeducation has long been hailed as a symbol of gender equality and progress. However, recent debates have tended to expose the system's defects: a growing gap between boys and girls; boys having difficulties in coed schools; girls still facing specific problems with mathematics and science, and in achieving leadership positions both in school and society. Single-sex education could be a credible solution to this issue by eliminating the domination mechanisms. Nevertheless, in societies where diversity is the norm a complete return to a single-sex education system appears inadequate. A better adaptation of the existing system to gender differences seems to be needed.
When coeducation, or mixed-sex education, began, it was associated with equality and gender progress. It was, in short, the recognition of a new social role for women. Today, about forty years later, the gap between boys and girls remains in elementary and secondary schools; girls still face problems when it comes to holding leading social positions, even after achieving better marks in school.
Single-sexed schools had noticed these differences and mix boys and girls for some subjects or between specific years.
Single-sex education: the key to girls’ and boys’ success?
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