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    Sort of spin off from another thread and some comments I've received with DS starting school next year - what are your experiences with your kids ( or would love teachers opinions) on single sex schooling v co ed - is it better , worse or no different ? Do boys and girls learn differently or is it more a social thing?

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    I prefer co ed schools only as I went to one. Plus I have a brother and it makes logistical sense to have both at the same school. But I have very few friends from high school now. My cousins who went to a single sex school have kept in touch with many and still call a few besties now.

    I would have never lasted in a girls school as I was not a traditional girl. I was very tomboyish and a co ed suited my personality better.

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    I remember reading somewhere years ago that it depends on the gender of the child. One gender does better academically in single sex schools and the other does better in coed. I can't remember which was which though so that's probably not overly helpful!

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    Girls are meant to do better in single sex, boys in co ed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    Girls are meant to do better in single sex, boys in co ed.
    Do you know why?

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    Having boys present makes girls hold back more.

    My DH works in an all-girls school (we have two boys) and he gets a discount at the 'brother' school and we won't send them there. We're both teachers and I'm philosophically opposed to single-sex education.

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    I am by no means an expert on this at all but I would not send my kids to a single sex school. My reasons are for social reasons mainly. I think it's really important for kids to learn how to interact with the opposite sex that aren't part of their family. And, whilst boys and girls learn differently, they also will need to be able to work together in the work force. If you've never had to work with the opposite sex, then I imagine that this could be a steep learning curve for that person (I have not looked in to any research behind this so my thoughts could be totally wrong).
    As far as my kids go, the majority of one of my kids friends are the opposite sex. If they went to a single sex school they would struggle socially because they just interact with the opposite sex better. Straight away I can think of 4 other kids out of our circle of friends who either mainly interact with the opposite sex, or have a best friend they met at school that is the opposite sex. I'm sure there are more...my point is, that my child is not the exception to the rule.
    I really haven't had much experience on it though. There is not one single sex school in my area (which says a lot to me, they've all been phased out). My only personal experience has been with my mum who went to an all girls highschool. She said it was awful when it came to her socialising with boys outside of school (and she has a brother) and she really hated how awkward she felt around boys after not getting to interact with them on a day to day basis at school. She is dead set against single sex schools based on her experiences, and I guess her opinion has rubbed off on me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    Girls are meant to do better in single sex, boys in co ed.
    It's funny you should say that.... In my region the girls high school is in the top bracket where as the boys high school (both catholic, there are no private ones in the region) has never done that great academically in comparison to the local high public schools. Don't ask me why though....

    FWIW I met my DH in high school! Just as friends then but our relationship changed when we started going to uni

    I'm not biased either way but here where we live it's all co-ed apart from those catholic schools so it's not going to be an option for my dd's anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BettyW View Post
    Having boys present makes girls hold back more.

    My DH works in an all-girls school (we have two boys) and he gets a discount at the 'brother' school and we won't send them there. We're both teachers and I'm philosophically opposed to single-sex education.
    May I ask why ?

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    Depends on the child, the school and the dynamic of the family. My eldest child who is 10 has done far better in a single sex school than she did in her previous state school.

    I believe girls and boys learn differently and have different approaches to problem solving and like that single ****** schools cater for that.

    But I know it's not for everyone. My kids love their school and that's good enough for me.

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