Learning Together: Tyack and Hansot
Like every other new idea or policy there would be people on both sides of the argument, those who are for and those who are against with reasons to support their argument.
The advocates for separate schools wanted to protect their “delicate” daughters from “coarse” boys. Coeducation was not well received by the middle and upper class parents – claiming that their daughters need to be protected against associations with the sons of poor and immigrant families. This expresses fear of interracial relationships with boys from a lower socio economic status. Thus ethnicity and social class was one of the reasons against coeducation. I can understand their desire to protect their daughters like all mothers do, but this was not the main reason they were against coeducation. Indeed young girls are vulnerable and need parents to give wise council. I looked at it as this was one of their ways of dealing with the protection aspect by having the girls attend separate schools.
Those who were in favor of coeducation focused on the benefits that could be achieved when both sexes are educated together. Girls especially will learn not only to read but also to write which they were denied in the early century and will now have longer periods in the classroom rather than just attending summer schools. This is a literacy breakthrough for girls and women who proved themselves equal to men in intellectual capacity. In having both sexes in the same school educated officials supported the idea that coeducation will lead to better discipline, more balanced instruction, and a healthier psychological and sexual development of both boys and girls.
My feelings about the return of single sex education is that of a system that is regressing rather than maintaining all that hard work that has been done to establish coeducational schools. But there are some students who work better and are able to keep or stay focus with the same sex while they are others who can stay focus on academics in a mixed group. Therefore in a coeducational setting differentiated instructions play a great role. I support coeducation in the early stages of a child's life. All children do not learn at the same rate in the cookie cutter settings. I will go for which setting will give the maximum educational out put and that decision has to be made by the parents.
Is coeducation injurious to girls: Dewey
One of the reasons against coeducation argued by Hall and Clarke is that girls competing with boys academically would interfere with the girls reproductive organs. But the final outcome has proven that academic studies do not take away from the efficiency of producing healthy off-springs. There are advantages and disadvantages for separating schools based on gender. But boys and girls need to learn how to socialize with each, because the two sexes interact and work side by side with each other. Upon the completion of high school or college life children will become exposed to the job market / work force where people work together in the real world, so why deny them the early opportunity to interact with each other. The real world does not consist of only women on one side of the planet and men on the other side. A common goal can be achieved when the two sexes work together.