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Comment #6849356 by Deborah Behan

Deborah Behan Jan 12th 2018, 7:27 AM #

Not this guy’s biggest fan but maybe he has a point. My sister has never been in school with boys and is now a teenager and really hasn’t a clue how to talk to boys without appearing seriously childish. I can only imagine there are boys out there terrified to speak or interact with girls. There’s no more school discos and everything seems to be done through the internet rather than going outside to meet up. Kids are very segregated in their own lives. Maybe this is something we need to look at? Thoughts?

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Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: It's time to abolish single-sex schools

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: It's time to abolish single-sex schools

Can any of us genuinely argue that separating girls and boys in schools is a practice worth defending, asks Aodhán Ó Ríordáin.

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    Favourite Paul Hughes
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    Jan 12th 2018, 7:30 AM

    @Deborah Behan: makes sense. I think girls and boys both perform better in mixed schools too. Win win if you ask me

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    Favourite Gus Sheridan
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    Jan 12th 2018, 7:33 AM

    @Deborah Behan: you are correct!

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    Favourite billy Dorney
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    Jan 12th 2018, 7:36 AM

    @Paul Hughes: think that your facts dont add up,best schools in ireland are mostly single sex,in cork pres,christians,csn,mount metcy,rochestown,,, look up the school league tables published yearly

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    Favourite Brian Lenehan
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    Jan 12th 2018, 8:02 AM

    The simple fact is that some children excel in mixed classroom environments while others struggle. To apply a single solution (mixed-sex classrooms) to satisfy some political ideology will do a disservice to some children for no good reason. Where’s their, or their parents, freedom of choice?

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    Favourite Shane McGettrick
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    Jan 12th 2018, 9:24 AM

    @Brian Lenehan: Please correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t a lot of those single sex schools fee paying? In which case I suspect that league table performance is more down to financial investment and the absence of anyone from poorer socio – economic backgrounds rather than a single sex environment.

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    Jan 12th 2018, 9:48 AM

    @Shane McGettrick:agreed!

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    Favourite Fiona Fitzgerald
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    Jan 12th 2018, 2:27 PM

    @billy Dorney: Are there stats on lasting marriages? Interesting how that UK school took a wider view of what prepares people for life.

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    Favourite Geraldine Cummins
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    Jan 12th 2018, 10:04 PM

    @Paul Hughes: statistics have actually shown that boys at second level perform better academically in a mixed school while girls do better on their own. the choice of either type of school has existed in this country for years with community colleges, christian brother schools and convents in most towns and private schools usually providing a co-ed system. i don’t see why it is an issue at all now. every choice is being catered to as it is. we need to be looking at the educational system itself to understand why we seem to be continually producing more and more young people unable to take care of themselves when they leave home and look at teaching them more life skills rather than wasting time arguing about whether they are segregated or not. They want the world and they want it right now and there seems to be a prevalence of an extreme lack of delayed gratification and a good work ethic.

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    Favourite Robert Bennett
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    Jan 12th 2018, 11:33 PM

    @Deborah Behan: It suits the Vatican and other organisations which wants to keep us socially backwards that people should be controlled by gender. I think that it is very unfair to pigeon-hole people on the basis of gender.

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