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questionCoed or single sex school?

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Brain science is a common factor that comes up in considerations of single-sex versus coed schooling. According to experts, up to 80 per cent of boys and 80 per cent of girls have brains similar enough that they will respond to the same learning style. It's the 20 per cent of boys and girls who differ who might find a single-sex learning environment a better fit. Adolescence, with its demands and pressures—and hormonal changes—and encouragement of unbiased learning (say, boys writing poetry and girls building robots) also sometimes prompt parents to consider gender when choosing a school.

Read what experts say about the debate over co-ed and single-sex classrooms and the reasons families have chosen one over the other for their children. Articles : Single Sex vs Coed.

Learn more about the benefits of coed schools, the benefits of all girls schools and the benefits of all boys schools.

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Hilda wrote:
My son had a lot of difficulty in his coed school, even with special attention. The specialized structure of his current school, an all-boys school, reflects how boys naturally learn and he's doing quite well now.

West Coast Mom wrote:
I like the idea of my daughter not having to deal with extra social pressures of "fitting in" with boys at school. School should be for learning, and time outside of school can be spent socializing.

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