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Single-sex education

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Tiwaz
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Single-sex education refers to both classes and schools that have only one sex, defined by a biological classification.

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1: Burden of proof is shared.

2: No new arguments in the final round.

3: Voters must meet the voting policy expressed in the CoC guidelines. Location: https://www.debateart.com/rules

Round 1
Pro
Introduction
 
I will be arguing for the implementation of Single-sex education into the United States'. Specifically, the basic education system - (primary and secondary). There are many reasons to implement this system, some of which I will provide below. 
 
Arguments
 
A.) It would allow us to tailor education towards both male and female learners.
 
Boys and girls learn differently, with this difference being most pronounced in younger learners. [2]
 
They also behave and think/process differently. [1]
 
C.) It would increase motivation for both boys and girls. [3]
 
D.) It would increase academic achievement for both boys and girls. [4]
 
Conclusion
 
Single-sex education is more effective for both inclusion and achievement. Keep in mind, this is by no means a comprehensive list of the benefits of single-sex education.
 
Sources
 
[1]: https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ895692.pdf 
[2]:https://www.researchgate.net/publication/232497577_Making_the_grade_but_feeling_distressed_Gender_differences_in_academic_performance_and_internal_distress
[3]: https:/
[4]: http://www.singlesexschools.org/research-singlesexvscoed.htm#major - Specifically the nationwide studies, there are many which you can research listed.

More relevant citations available (upon request).

Con
I will be arguing how it effects the mind, and the ethical and philosophical problems of it.

Round 2
Pro
I extend my arguments into this round. 
Con
I will point out many flaws with this first
1. What about transgender people?
Should they go to where their biological gender or their other one?
For example, let's say a transgender's biological gender is a girl, but is now a boy. Would the person go to a school apparently "tailored" for girls, or a school "tailored" for boys? If the person went to the girls, they would do academically well, but socially bad, because the person is a boy and shouldn't be going in a girl's school. If the person went into the boy's school then they would do academically bad, but better than the girl's school.

2. You still have no sources for the motivation, it probably got cut out but for now that isn't a relevant reason, and will not be used

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Now for the Cons of Single Sex Schools

1) It denies mixed gender relationships, and doesn't prepare kids for the real world
2) It increases disrespect towards the other gender
3) It can cause gender stereotyping



 4) Less social skills among other genders

Round 3
Pro
Rebuttal

“What about transgender people?”

Well, in the definition it states: “defined by a biological classification.” So, unlike the transgender ideology an objective standard will be used as opposed to a subjective ‘feeling,’ ‘belief,’ or ‘ideal.’

I take issue with objection on a moral level as well, I am not arguing for single-sex education being enforced on college students/adults. The only reason this point is even applicable is if you’re advocation transgender children/teenagers.

Since you’ve only provided one argument, I will dispute your list of “cons.”

1)      It denies mixed gender relationships, and doesn't prepare kids for the real world

On the contrary, it prepares them better for the real world - would you make this same complaint about the Boy Scouts? Coed clubs/after-school activities are a possibility, so I really don’t see any merit to this objection.

2)      It increases disrespect towards the other gender

In what world is this true? Left to their own non-misandric devices boys tend to idolize women. The reality is that confusion about normal behavior for boys and girls is largely due to misperception/ideology. In many cases, boys are labeled with ADHD or challenged due to their naturally differing psychology.

3)      It can cause gender stereotyping

No, it will cause realism. Stereotypes are more prevalent in coed schools. When boys and girls are together, they tend to exaggerate the gender differences.

In fact, as I believe I’ve pointed out, girls are more likely to pursue careers like STEM/sports in single-sex education environments. [3]

Many boys in single-sex schools receive a misdiagnosis of ADHD or other behavior-related disorder due to the perception that boys and girls behave in the same way, even though that's objectively untrue from any perspective and at any age. Male children are much more likely to recieve a diagnosis of ADHD because it's most commonly associated with hyperactivity (a common trait for young boys). [6]

Another thing to note, since I’ve been focusing on girls: Boys are horribly underperforming in school currently, but in most single-sex schools boys slightly outperform girls. Both do better in environments which account for their differing psychology, but it seems boys are getting the short end of the stick currently.

(From a pilot study done by Stetson University on FCAT scores).

boys in coed classes: 37% scored proficient

girls in coed classes: 59% scored proficient

girls in single-sex classes: 75% scored proficient

boys in single-sex classes: 86% scored proficient

(they were all learning the same curriculum).

Clarification

I am not arguing for or against gender parity in academia or career-paths, I am advocating for optimal treatment of the future generation. 

Sources

[3]: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1348/000709907X215938 - I mistakenly cut this out, along with several other things (I do all of my typing/editing in Word).





Con
For the first argument you made
1) "On the contrary, it prepares them better for the real world - would you make this same complaint about the Boy Scouts? Coed clubs/after-school activities are a possibility, so I really don’t see any merit to this objection." 
You didn't actually provide any real argument, for this, you just asked me if I would provide the same complaint for boy scouts. So, yes, I really don't see any merit for your objection either.
2) 
'No, it will cause realism. Stereotypes are more prevalent in coed schools. When boys and girls are together, they tend to exaggerate the gender differences."
I actually object to that. One most occasions the only time boys see other girls in school is probably when they're trying to impress them, or vice versa. Therefore they will develop and unrealistic assumption on what the other gender is like
Also I don't understand how this:
"Many boys in single-sex schools receive a misdiagnosis of ADHD or other behavior-related disorder due to the perception that boys and girls behave in the same way, even though that's objectively untrue from any perspective and at any age. Male children are much more likely to receive a diagnosis of ADHD because it's most commonly associated with hyperactivity (a common trait for young boys). [6]"
Associates with your objection at all, you are just stating that single sex schools misdiagnose people, which is also a con...

Round 4
Pro
Rebuttal

N. 1,

“You didn't actually provide any real argument, for this, you just asked me if I would provide the same complaint for boy scouts. …”

I provided 2 arguments, one was very straight-forward and the other an implicative argument. The Boy Scouts are a prime example of the potential inherent in single-sex education. You can’t just dismiss an example in this manner.

If you reread the very short and comprehensible paragraph I wrote, another argument is in the first clause of the second sentence. Honestly, you created a strawman that makes a stronger case than yourself.

N. 2,

“I actually object to that. One most occasions the only time boys see other girls in school is probably when they're trying to impress them, or vice versa. Therefore they will develop and unrealistic assumption on what the other gender is like”

I’m not sure what your argument here is, to be honest. As I’ve pointed out (and cited), girls are more likely to go into STEM fields; the opposite is true with boys, they are interested more in language/humanities than in single-sex schools. It seems to me this would lessen the stereotypical misperception commonplace today.
Also, if you would like, my source/sources are always open to objection. This would be a more effective route for you at this point since you’ve failed to make any substantial arguments.

Clarification

Quote from my opponent: "Associates with your objection at all, you are just stating that single sex schools misdiagnose people, which is also a con... " 

My response: This was a very unfortunate example of a typographical error, something which it seems we're both acquainted with. 
Con

"I’m not sure what your argument here is, to be honest."
I'm pretty sure I clarified this enough, but if you want it clearer, it is: "When one gender sees another gender on special occasions, they WILL try to impress each other, making them assume something different than what the other gender is truly like"
" As I’ve pointed out (and cited), girls are more likely to go into STEM fields; the opposite is true with boys, they are interested more in language/humanities than in single-sex schools. It seems to me this would lessen the stereotypical misperception commonplace today."
That isn't even an argument, but just a fact, none of that supports your argument at all.



Notice:
You didn't defend my argument that it doesn't prepare kids for the real world, so I'd address that if I were you, but I have evidence for you.

Real life can't afford a place where genders are separated, thus there will be a long adjustment period, one which isn't needed.

Also, there is still lack of concrete evidence that single sex schools are better than coed.
Round 5
Pro
Conclusion

My opponent has agreed with me that girls are more likely to go into non-stereotypical fields provided single-sex education, he also agreed that single-sex education reduces harmful stereotypes. Therefore, single-sex education reduces harmful stereotypes and reduces the misperception of the opposite sex. As evidenced by this direct quote, from round 4: "That isn't even an argument, but just a fact, none of that supports your argument at all."

In response to where I said: "As I’ve pointed out (and cited), girls are more likely to go into STEM fields; the opposite is true with boys, they are interested more in language/humanities than in single-sex schools.

Admittedly, I made a typo, I meant to say "IN single-sex schools." Though it hardly matters, if you change it to 'than' the point still supports the idea that single-sex schools reduce gender stereotypes. Since he agreed to it being a fact, it's change in veracity due to wording matters little. 

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He also claimed I didn't address his 'argument' that it doesn't prepare kids for the 'real world,' when I clearly did in both round 3 and 4.

My quote, from round 3: "On the contrary, it prepares them better for the real world - would you make this same complaint about the Boy Scouts? Coed clubs/after-school activities are a possibility, so I really don’t see any merit to this objection."

Also, from round 4: "I’m not sure what your argument here is, to be honest. As I’ve pointed out (and cited), girls are more likely to go into STEM fields; the opposite is true with boys, they are interested more in language/humanities than in single-sex schools. It seems to me this would lessen the stereotypical misperception commonplace today."

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As for his final notice, "Also, there is still lack of concrete evidence that single sex schools are better than coed." 

I have provided plenty of evidence (including, not limited to) a psychological basis of understanding the merits of single-sex education coupled with empirical evidence showing the beneficial results. 

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My opponent has misrepresented me and my arguments. He has also agreed with points that directly contradict his claims against single-sex education. He has not provided any significant sources/scientific data to justify his claims whereas I have. He claimed he 'has evidence for me' in round 4, but suspiciously providing none throughout the entire debate (with his second of his two sources directly contradicting one of his claims). 

I remind him, now is not the time for new arguments, as I cannot directly respond to any in the debate itself. 


Con
I never actually:
-Agreed that it doesn't cause harmful stereotypes
-Misrepresented you, I just realized you made a typo with the first title (In round 3)
-I have never agreed with your arguments
Therefore, in your conclusion, you misrepresented me because of stating false claims about the opponent's bad deeds.

"Didn't Address Arguments"
Round 3.
You put it on the wrong title, confusing the opponent. Your "coed clubs" and boy scouts claim, can only match a few people and another earlier adjustment period is needed.
Round 4.
You proved the wrong argument, you said it would lessen the stereotypical misperception, and this doesn't prove your argument against how it doesn't prepare kids for the real world.