There are many different learning preferences that include visual, kinesthetic and auditory, just to name a few, and everyone has their own unique combination of these techniques in their learning preferences. One of the main learning styles that boys rely on is kinaesthetic which relates to movement and touch and because of this, many boys get into trouble while fidgeting and moving. Huge discrepancies are found between boys and girls learning styles and so the responsibility falls on the teacher or instructor to address and develop appropriate teaching plans to accommodate those differences.
Here are a few examples: To compare the differences I looked at three schools in Vancouver: West Point Grey Academy coeducational , St. Georges School all boys and Croton House School all girls. Engage by having a sister school Crofton and by holding events with them. A lot of girls also have very healthy relationships with people outside of school.
Go to top Social Acceptance For both boys and girls, being popular is what drives their actions in many situations. In a lot of cases, academic achievement is not seen as desirable in boys and so they use that as an excuse to cut class or to fall behind in their studies. This significant difference in social norms and attitudes restricts boys but does this factor exists when in an all-boys school?
This is something that is heavily debated and many researchers and all boys schools believe that by taking away girls and the need to impress, boys will, as a result, naturally become more involved in school. On the other side of the debate, coeducational schools argue that there is still that presence of social hierarchy among boys and no matter if you isolate them or not, they will still try to do things to impress each other.
Go to top Academic Performance Historically, a lot of time and research has been put into trying to advance the performance of girls although, in recent years, a lot of emphasis and attention has been placed on the underperformance of boys.
Researchers have many reasons for this and one of them is the difference in attitude between girls and boys. James Davis, a professor at Temple University in Philadelphia explains that many boys start off just as eager to go to school as girls but by third or fourth grade, the gender gap forms.
Their biological disposition to be active gets them into trouble with teachers more than girls. A Cornwall study found that primary teachers were generally grading boys lower than girls and those same boys scored similarly to the girls on standardized tests.
This has been the reality for many boys and so an argument that presents itself is that all boys schools could easily combat this problem. By being surrounded by kids of the same gender could help the student build self-confidence and the gender gap could diminish. All the school children are in the same grade but the boy is still stuck doing addition while the girls are practicing multiplication.
However, since transferring to a same-gender school I think that especially being a girl, being surrounded by other girls with ambition without the limitations of stereotypes can be really empowering. For myself, I do not believe there is a difference in either schooling system. In our local district, the distribution of same-sex and coeducational schools in the rankings are very even, meaning the education is truly what you make of it.
We spent a lot of time talking about the differences between girls and guys and how that affects how one learns. There is no doubt that everyone is unique and will learn best in different ways but we cannot ignore the biological and social research that has been done to point towards the advantages of having a same-sex education. In contrast to this, many believe that this kind of schooling does not properly depict the real world interaction we have to have with both boy and girl counterparts.
What are your thoughts on this? Down below, vote, if you had a choice, which one you would want to go to? Issues of Masculinity in Schools.
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