Single-sex schools are better for student learning and mental health
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1. Students receive more access to diversity in a mixed-gender school.
When students of all ages have access to more diversity in their educational environments, then their personal progress and grades are going to be much better. Children who have classrooms which include people who only look or think just like them create an echo chamber that only supports one common view. Approaching different viewpoints and encounters sets out more open doors, diminishes the psychological exertion expected to battle generalizations, and improves the general disposition of the establishment. It becomes easier for boys and girls to adapt to changing conditions when they get older but only when given access to each other at an early age in a secure environment like the school. It creates cultural and social advantages that can last for a lifetime.
Single-sex schools offer relief and comfortability because they only include students of the same gender. This reduces the risk of getting sexually harassed to slim to none. “More than one-third of girls at mixed-sex schools have been sexually harassed in the classroom or playground, a study has found.” -The Times Newspaper. This sexual harassment can lead to severe, unreversible mental damage. "An experience [with sexual harassment] can either trigger symptoms of depression and anxiety that are new to the person; or it can exacerbate a previous condition that may have been controlled or resolved. Patients may also see a worsening of symptoms," says Dr. Cullen. "Some research has found that sexual harassment early in one's career in particular can cause long-term depressive symptoms." -NBC News
Jihad, you have stated in your argument that one-third of girls get sexually harassed. This could be true but, first of, we all know that getting sexually harassed could happen anywhere and not just in schools. Second of all, this isn’t a gender issue, this is a person’s issue. When a person sexually harasses someone else, the person is the issue and not his gender. I get your point, indeed I understand it but i have to insist that there are other solutions to prevent this issue. One of them is to immediately expel the person who sexually harasses someone or to suspend him for a long period.