Mixed Schools vs. Separate Schools
Some people think that it is better to educate boys and girls in separate schools. Others, however, believe that boys and girls benefit more from attending mixed schools.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

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  1. Shui Ran says:

    When schools prohibit boys and girls from studying together in the same classroom, they may think that their gender is either better or inferior

  2. Shui Ran says:

    If students go to mixed gender schools, they will benefit from having a richer range of experiences than those who go to single-sex classes.

  3. Shui Ran says:

    For both girls and boys co-education provides a more realistic way of training young people to take their places naturally in the wider community of men and women

    It helps to break down the misconceptions of each sex about the other and provides an excellent foundation for the development of realistic, meaningful and lasting relationships in later life

  4. Teck Eng says:

    gender specific teaching techniques
    minimize distractions
    better reflect the diversity of society
    distracting for students
    boys cause disruption in class
    students will be accustomed to a diversity of opinions, lifestyles and values, which enables them to integrate into future work life (effortlessly/successfully/seamlessly)
    (nurture/boost/enhance/increase/develop/raise/bolster) confidence
    (eradicate/overcome) shyness
    serve as a foundation for the development of social skills
    create a positive atmosphere for healthy competition
    exposure to different viewpoints
    (develop/hone/learn/sharpen) cross-gender communication skills

  5. Shui Ran says:

    students can try out new things without feeling that they have to impress the opposite gender
    hold different perspectives on
    express their ideas and views comfortably
    society consists of both genders

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