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Could Gender Segregation Work in American Public Schools?

Updated on March 3, 2017

A. Introduction

Society has changed throughout the generations here in the United States of America. The needs of children and teenagers have changed with it. School can be a trying time for many kids as they grow older and move up each grade, taking them from early childhood to early adulthood. Educational institutions should be places where students can learn and develop their young minds so that they may expand their horizons in later years. The problems that kids and their parents face in this day and age here in our nation are more challenging than they were decades ago in light of the evolution of technology and changing societal values.

More parents are home-schooling their children than ever here in our nation, because they simply don’t trust the public school system to give their kids the kind of education that they need and so deserve. That is, the reason for this trend is because of growing problems in public schools such as bullying and inadequate learning environments. Whenever you turn on the television set or view YouTube, you usually come across numerous complaints about public schools and how they are continuing to go downhill. When I was in elementary school, most every kid that I knew attended public school. Even when I got to middle school, I knew more kids who attended public school rather than private school. There was a military school not far from where I lived. My parents even discussed with me the idea of attending military school during my middle school years, but they scrapped the idea after I made it clear to them that I did not want to live away from home. There was also a parochial school in my county. I would have liked to attend that school inasmuch as the middle school that I attended didn’t have the greatest learning environment, to say the least. However, because I was not Catholic, I would not have been able to be admitted to that school.

When I got to high school, I was contented with my surroundings there for the most part. However, one major problem that I noticed was that girls were always getting pregnant every year that I was a student at that school. The bullying in that school was not as severe as it was back in middle school, but it still had its social degenerates who were not always easy to avoid. I eventually graduated with a high Grade Point Average, and I went on to college. Anyhow, I would not want to be a kid going through the public school system today because of all the problems that I hear about on the news happening in those places. When I was in high school, nobody whom I knew ever brought a gun to school. Incidents involving guns in public schools were virtually unheard of back then. In fact, it was not until three years after I graduated from high school that I had seen a news story on television regarding a school shooting. Nobody brought a cell phone to school back then, because cell phones were too big to carry around and they were expensive. If a student needed to make a phone call in high school back then, he or she had to wait until lunch or after their last class to use the payphone in the hallway.

I remember back in my Physical Education class during my sophomore year of high school when this one girl named Linda once badmouthed co-education, and she commented that she thought that women’s liberation was stupid. I was surprised that Linda had made such a comment, because I had always known her to argue alongside a friend of hers that girls were just as good as boys were, even better, in many ways. She was whistling a different tune this one time than I normally had heard her do so. I believe that the reason that she felt the way that she did was because some of the boys in our class were constantly showing off to the girls and acting really foolish. I gathered that Linda was probably fed up with these boys’ ostentatious behavior in her presence and in the presence of other female students. She would likely be shocked at what goes on in public schools throughout our nation nowadays if she had to teach class in one of them today. It was not too long ago that I had heard a story about a group of teenagers in my county who had gotten caught engaging in youthful indiscretions in their school gymnasium.

It is no secret to anyone here in the United States of America that the public school system throughout our nation is in great trouble. Stories are constantly inundating the press and the media about situations that put youngsters into danger throughout public schools across the nation. Social problems involving teenagers have only gotten worse in the past few decades. Unwanted teenage pregnancies have not gone away since the beginning of the twenty-first century in spite of all the abstinence-only classes that have been taught in public schools across the nation. Some kids are even afraid to get up every morning and go to school because of bullying and other dangers that they may face whenever they walk in through the front doors of their schools. Many parents may believe that home schooling is the solution to these problems. However, my response to that line of reasoning is that gender segregation throughout the public schools across our nation could solve many of these problems that kids and their parents are currently facing.

B. The United Kingdom Vs. The United States Of America Regarding Single-Gender Schooling

Single-gender schooling is still a practice in the United Kingdom, although most of the educational institutions that engage in this practice are in the private sector there. There are not as many single-gender schools in the United Kingdom nowadays as compared with 1966, but British parents still endorse this practice in their nation to this very day; and they strongly believe that it produces better results than co-educational schooling. Nevertheless, the arguments in favor and against single-gender schooling have become fierce in that country in recent years. In any event, public educational institutions here in the United States of America are just beginning to get on board with this practice of single-gender schooling.

A school, public or private, should be a place where a youngster has an adequate learning environment. Putting boys and girls together in a classroom creates unnecessary distractions for students of both genders, and their grades suffer as a result. Single-gender classroom settings allow for students to discuss gender-related problems and concerns with their teachers that they would normally feel too uncomfortable to bring up in the presence of their peers in a mixed-gender learning environment. Take the example of this one 10-year-old boy described in an online article that I had read recently in which he had suddenly begun to feel pain in his private parts while he was at school. This poor kid was afraid to approach his teacher to tell her about the pain, because it related to something that he normally would not have discussed in the presence of girls. After this boy got home, he eventually told his father about it. His parents immediately rushed him to the hospital, and the doctor found out that he was suffering from a serious problem that would have permanently prevented him from ever being able to father children in the future if it had gone untreated within a matter of hours. Luckily, this boy got medical attention in time to prevent the worst from happening. Another boy might not have been so lucky if he were to have fallen into similar circumstances. In any event, if this young boy had been enrolled in an all-boy school, he would have been able to approach his teacher immediately to tell that teacher about the pain that he was suffering; and he would not have felt too embarrassed to do so inasmuch as there only would have been other boys like him in his classroom who would have been concerned about him, if anything.

Girls also need their space in an educational institution. As kids are hitting puberty at younger and younger ages nowadays here in the United States of America, girls are having their menarche as early as elementary school. If a girl has her first “lady thing” when she is 12 or 13 years old while she is in class, she may not be too shy or embarrassed to let her teacher know what is going on despite that there may be a few smart-mouthed boys in her presence. However, if the girl is only 8 or 9 years old, she may be subjected to a very humiliating scene after she is too afraid to tell her teacher about it and the other students begin to notice the menstrual blood on her clothing. In an all-girl school and in an all-girl classroom, a girl that young is not going to hesitate to tell her teacher that she is experiencing her first “lady thing,” and her teacher will excuse her to go to the restroom immediately to deal with the situation. Some of the girl’s female classmates may even offer to help the girl any way they can, because perhaps some of them have already gone through that same situation themselves in the same untimely and inconvenient manner. Yes, I get it. When a girl is in elementary school, her world is mostly Saturday morning cartoons, Barbie dolls, and Chuck E. Cheese’s. However, girls as early as elementary school are still going to have their female issues and concerns that they only feel comfortable talking about among one another and with their female teacher, especially once they get into the fifth grade.

The YouTube video below describes how the age of the onset of puberty continues to get younger as time moves on, which, in my opinion, adds to the urgency that single-gender schooling be implemented in public schools across the nation. After all, we don’t want girls getting pregnant at 8 years old and younger, and single-gender schooling would nip this impending problem in the bud.

Elementary School Girls Nowadays Have More Serious Concerns Than They Did Two Decades Ago

The YouTube video below shows a public school in the state of Minnesota here in our nation that offers single-gender schooling. You will notice that the boys’ classroom has a male teacher and the girls’ classroom has a female teacher. This same arrangement is important for students for the reasons that I described previously herein.

A Group Of Minnesota Students Do Better In A Single-Gender Learning Environment Than In A Co-Educational Learning Environment

There is another public school out in the state of Nevada here in our nation that offers single-gender schooling. Even though the boys’ classroom has a female teacher, the boys in that classroom are still better off among their own gender.

A Clark County Public School In Nevada Offers Single-Gender Schooling To Children

C. The Benefits Of Single-Gender Schooling Here In The United States Of America

Because my family and I had moved to a different address after I had completed the fourth grade, I started the fifth grade at an elementary school in which I hardly knew anyone. I remember how scary my first day was. Moreover, it appeared that the environment in this new school was not as sheltered as that of my previous school. Of course, compared with what entering into middle school was going to be like for me a year later, starting the fifth grade at this elementary school was nothing. I made friends quickly, and I learned to adapt to my new school environment. Anyhow, what I noticed immediately was that the girls were much more aggressive in their behavior at this new school than they were at my previous school. They would have heated discussions with one another about boyfriends. Some of them even became physically aggressive with one another to the point that they were ready to get into fights.

The boys in my fifth grade class were not so much into chasing after girls as vice versa. In fact, some of them didn’t even like girls, and they didn’t take Saint Valentine’s Day seriously. I remember one time back in the fifth grade when my teacher told a couple of us boys that we would be chasing after girls after we started the sixth grade and entered middle school. Anyhow, even as far back as the fifth grade, I was able to see how much better the learning environment would have been for everyone if the boys had been separated from the girls into two different school settings.

When kids start middle school in a co-educational institution, this is a time when sexual harassment may become a problem for either gender. Single-gender educational institutions normally do not have that same problem. There is also the problem with teenage pregnancies that can occur as early as middle school in a co-educational school system. If a teenage girl is in a co-educational school setting, she may feel greater peer pressure to become sexually active than if she were in a single-gender school setting. In a single-gender school setting, there will not be boys flirting with her and putting pressure on her to go out on a date with them or to do anything else that she might not feel ready for. I’m not saying that girls should not have a social life outside their school and not interact with any boys at all. However, in a single-gender school setting, girls at least have full control over which boys they wish to interact with and which ones they wish to avoid altogether, because all of their socializing with the opposite gender will be done outside the school. Also, single-gender schooling gives parents the ability to insulate their daughters from male undesirables in their age circles.

Sexual harassment is not something that only affects girls in middle school and high school. An adolescent boy can fall victim to it just as easily. I have known of such situations personally. When I was 15 years old, the major injustice was that a male middle school or high school student had nobody to whom he could make a complaint against a female student who was sexually harassing him. If he went to his guidance counselor, he would have just been laughed right out of that guidance counselor’s office inasmuch as people just didn’t take sexual harassment against boys that seriously back then, unless, of course, the offending individual was a teacher. Also, if it were a female student sexually harassing him, he didn’t have the option of responding to her with physical aggression inasmuch as our society has attached a stigma to boys striking girls, for a very long time despite feminists’ constant quest for gender equality. Steve Wilkos even promotes this same archaic social convention on his television talk show named The Steve Wilkos Show in that he treats a young man’s actions in that respect as taboo. Don’t get me wrong. I do not encourage any boy to slap a girl. However, I can understand the frustration that a boy often feels whenever a girl is sexually harassing him and he feels as though there is absolutely nothing that he can do to put a stop to it.

If a 12-year-old girl were to slap a 13-year-old boy across the face for making a lewd comment to her, nobody would ostracize her for doing so. In fact, most people would tell her that she gave that boy exactly what he deserved. Also, she probably would not be punished for it. However, whenever the gender roles are reversed in such a situation, a young boy often feels as though his hands are tied behind his back because of society’s position against boys becoming physically aggressive towards girls to get them to back off. I imagine that in today’s public school system, there is more awareness about the problem with boys being sexually harassed. In any event, this problem can adversely affect a young boy’s performance in school. However, in a single-gender learning environment, a teenage boy is not going to encounter this kind of problem in all due likelihood.

A major benefit of single-gender schooling throughout the public schools of our nation is that it would significantly reduce the number of teenage pregnancies. If every American public school had a single-gender learning environment, there would be far fewer opportunities for middle school and high school students to become sexually active at young ages. Students would concentrate more on their schoolwork and less on their love life. In fact, many students would likely not even feel the need to have a love life before they graduate from high school. Fewer teenage pregnancies would mean fewer girls dropping out of school.

Previously I published a Hub titled “Should Deadbeat Teenage Fathers Be Drafted?”, which described the epidemic of deadbeat teenage fathers here in the United States of America. Usually the scenario of a teenage pregnancy here in our nation is that a 15-year-old boy gets a 14-year-old girl pregnant, and then he bails on her. Afterwards, the girl must raise the baby on her own, and her parents have to assist her financially in doing so. Meanwhile, the 15-year-old boy goes on with his life as though nothing wrong has been done, and he moves on to some other young girl to commit the same transgression all over again. Also, his parents usually couldn’t care less about the 14-year-old girl whom he got pregnant or the grandchild of theirs that he fathered. The law usually sits back and remains silent about this outrageous occurrence. The most that society does is shame the girl for getting pregnant so young, and it treats the 15-year-old boy as though he were just acting on his animal instincts, so to speak. It’s like an arena of collective stupidity that goes on here in our country. Well, gender segregation in public schools throughout our nation would curtail most of these sad stories that happen way too often. Yes, there would still be the Internet, cell phones, and social media. However, parents would have more control over the kinds of boys with whom their adolescent daughters associate. Therefore, we all would likely hear fewer stories about teenage girls and even preteen girls becoming pregnant and being absorbed into the vicious vortex of poverty because of the deadbeat teenage fathers who put them there. Single-gender schooling reduces the chances that these tragedies occur.

D. My Conclusion Regarding Single-Gender Schooling

Single-gender schooling is the solution to reforming our public education system throughout the United States of America. Single-gender public schools would provide fewer distractions for students and better learning environments for them. The teenage pregnancy rate here in our nation would likely plummet significantly if every public school in our nation were to become a single-gender educational institution. Sexual harassment would also virtually become a thing of the past in that event. Boys and girls would be able to be in classrooms where their gender-specific issues would be more readily addressed in single-gender learning environments. Single-gender schooling would allow us Americans to take our public schools back.

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      Jason B Truth 7 months ago from United States of America

      Americans have argued that compelling kids to wear school uniforms will reduce all the problems that most students face in public schools throughout the United States of America. I say that public schools be split up into all-boy schools and all-girl schools. So many problems could be solved from that course of action alone. If you're an American, I'd like to read how you feel about this topic. If you're from a country other than the United States of America, I would still be interested in reading what you have to say about this topic. Post your comments here in the comments section.