Boys and girls are fundamentally different, and their journeys of discovery are along different paths. In a co-educational environment students may become concerned with their physical appearance and distract themselves from their own resourcefulness. A single-sex school provides a relaxed environment where students are free from pressure of the opposite sex and can excel academically. It is an outdated practice that supports the antiquated belief that boys and girls are so different that having them in the same classroom would be morally and educationally detrimental to their development. It in turn allows for free and open discussions in the classroom on topics specific to their gender, that may be inhibited were there the opposite sex present. This leads to more student participation in class.
Everything I learned, I learned from the internet. Unfortunately, these are the realities for millions of young people across the country. So, why is it so hard to get quality sexuality education? Whether or not young people receive sexuality education is entirely dependent on the state they live in, their school district or school administrators, and, sometimes, the educator in the classroom.
October The Failure of Sex Education "Comprehensive sex education," mandated in seventeen states, is the educational fad of the hour, yet there is little evidence that it "works"--prevents teenage pregnancy and stanches the spread of sexually transmitted disease. Defended by its professional-class originators as "getting real" about teenage sex, it fails to speak to the grim reality of what the author calls "the new sexual revolution" among the young by Barbara Dafoe Whitehead [Also see the transcript of an online conference in which Whitehead discusses this article. At the moment the favored approach is called comprehensive sex education. The nation's highest ranking health officer, Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, has endorsed this approach as the chief way to reduce unwed childbearing and sexually transmitted diseases STDs among teenagers.