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Comment #6852535 by Chris Healy

Chris Healy Jan 13th 2018, 6:54 AM #

Any quick glance at the research available shows that in most studies boys and girls tend to do better in single-sex schools. Girls do better at math as it can be taught in a way better suited to their learning style while boys do better at reading/writing. Any study I’ve found supporting coed over single-sex seems to either base their issue with singlesex with current popular views among Some on gender being a social construct and separate from sex, or on a similar argument used by those wanting to allow girls in Boy Scouts, that more funding/support goes to boys (or in my scout analogy, more camping/hiking/etc tends to happen in the boys vs girls scouts).

I attended coed in Canada while my oldest sibling attended singlesex, and middle attended half-and-half (it changed on him and just ahead of me). I don’t think my oldest was deprived by her singlesex classes and my mother will tell you that my brother was a top student until coed hit and started to drop in grades as he told her that only nerds got As (he meanwhile did go on to be a scholar by high school with dating the girls).

I think moral of this story is when a party driven by ideology (either left or right) tries to say its demand for change (along their party’s ideology) is scientifically-based. Ireland would be best served with what it has, a system with both single sex and coed as long as we ensure all are adequately funded.

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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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    Jan 13th 2018, 6:57 AM

    @Chris Healy: didn’t finish my thought. I meant we should be wary when ideology-driven party’s claim their views are scientifically-based (as quite often they are not, or at least the data the provide is very biased)


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