Should Boys and Girls be in Separate Classes?


ShouldBoys and Girls be in Separate Classes?

Thedebate concerning whether boys and girls should be put in separateclasses while learning has been contentious. In the recent years,boys and girls have been seen to learn in separate classes, a movewhich has questioned whether this should be the case. However, assome schools promote the learning of girls and boys in separateclasses, some schools still support an education system, where girlsand boys have combined classes. The following paragraphs will discussthe case for and against boys and girls learning in separate classes.

Individualssupporting the idea of boys and girls learning in separate classesare of the opinion that the brains of boys and girls are differentand function differently. As such, boys and girls tend to learndifferently (Gurianet al, 2001). They claim that girls tend to be more passive learnersand learn better through audio and visual aids. Besides, girls learnwell through the use of diagrams and a lot of discussion. On theother hand, boys tend to be more kinetic learners and learn better bydoing. Therefore, combining girls and boys in the same classroomimplies that teachers would not cater for the different learningstyles, which girls and boys show.

Supportersof the learning system, where girls and boys learn in differentclassrooms also argue that boys and girls become engaged by variedstimuli. This is an indication that in case boys and girls learnwhile in the same class, it would be difficult to cater for theinterests of both boys and girls at the same time. In case theteacher caters the class according to the interests of the girls,boys will lose and catering the class according to the interests ofthe boys could lose the girls. This makes separation of the boys andgirls necessary, while teaching (Gurianet al, 2001).

Onthe other hand, individuals opposing the separation of boys and girlswhile learning argue that combining girls and boys in the sameclassroom is better for overall development of a learner. In the realworld, individuals compete with others irrespective of the sex.Therefore, it is god to put girls and boys in the same class whilelearning in order to be in a position to work together and preparethem for what they will encounter in the real world. Furthermore,separating boys and girls during learning increases genderstereotyping and allows institutional sexism, which is wrong insociety. In addition, when boys and girls are put, in the same class,there is a likelihood of boys learning better the skills of girls andgirls learning better the skills of boys (Gurianet al, 2001). For instance, girls are likely to perform better inmathematics, when put together with boys than they can do whenlearning separately. This is because they tend to share skills,implying that they are likely to excel in all fields when they learntogether.


Peoplepresent different opinions concerning the debate whether boys andgirls need to be separated from their classrooms, while learning.Although there is an argument that brains of boys and girls aredifferent and function differently, which calls for the need ofdifferent learning styles amid boys and girls, I think that girls andboys should learn while put in a combined class. This will make girlsand boys excel in all fields instead of doing better in one andaverage in another. Besides, this supports them to the real world,where competition does not depend on gender.


Gurian,M., Henley, P., &amp Trueman, T. (2001).&nbspBoysand girls learn differently: A guide for teachers and parents.San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.