I have just read this
MORE than a third of girls say they have been sexually harassed at school, a charity has found, compared with just 6 per cent of their male classmates.
Two thirds of girls have been targeted in public, with thousands complaining of feeling unsafe and being held back by sexism in schools.
More than half of these faced sexual harassment while dressed in their school uniform, the survey by Plan International UK found
I know all the “old”arguments against single sex schools back in the day when a girl’s education was undervalued, often massively inferior to that of her brothers and the “rugger bugger” nature of (many) boys’ schools , especially the independents, was frankly shameful.
I also believe that children need to grow up in a mixed and mutually tolerant society which led in the past to the theory that girls did better at girls’ schools and boys did better in mixed schools.
In over 20 years’ teaching in secondary education, only the first of those in a girls’ school, I have seen the balance in mixed schools change from boys dominating the classroom dynamic especially the maths and the sciences, to a situation where girls dominated the top grades in the GCSE league tables because they were more successful in coursework.
But I also saw my own daughters flourish in a single sex school, in a town 10 miles away with 2 boys’ and 2 girls’ schools, where they had strong female role models in science and maths, not just arts subjects and where their confidence was never dented by the boys. They mixed, all right, ( plenty ) on the bus to and from school, in drama productions and in terrifying inter-school hockey and lacrosse matches (the girls were lethal ) and from what I have seen were totally at ease in all social situations including the pub on Saturday nights.
There was a lot that was good and as a teacher in a variety of mixed secondaries I think the girls’ school prepared them better as confident young women.
If mixed education was designed to help our children grow into tolerant and self-confident young adults, does this observation quoted suggest it might have failed?
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