by Jessica Ham
Do you like having the opposite sex sit in front of you in class? Yes, you might, but does it ever distract you from learning? I know from personal experience that having the opposite sex in class is very distracting. Girls and boys use their brains differently. Now, I’m not saying that boys are dumb but they do learn differently then us girls do. Girls are more language-oriented and boys are more math-oriented. That’s not always the case but, in most instances, it is true. That’s not the only reason I believe the government should separate all school classrooms by gender, there are many:
• There would be less distraction. When you see a cute boy or girl, you stare at them. Lisa Bennett, a psychologist with a Masters Degree in psychology from NYU, says that “It is part of human nature to want to be liked by someone. You see a person you like… it is natural for you to be distracted and think of nothing but getting to know them.”
• Fewer disciplinary problems would occur. Hankins Middle School in North Carolina just recently separated and the number of office referrals are continually going down. Boys tend to get in trouble to impress the ladies.
• Speaking of having an audience, students would be more likely to branch out and try new things without worrying what the opposite sex might think.
• Also, grades and test scores would be higher. 11-year-old Brenda of Hankins Middle School made the honor roll for the first time. She says, “When boys are around, you’re shy. And you won’t ask questions if you don’t get it.” [Rena Havner, Press-Register, Nov. 24, 2008] Teachers can spend extra time on subjects that boys or girls might struggle with. I was terrible at math in elementary school, like many girls are, and I would have loved it if my teacher could have spent more time explaining the subject. The Boston Globe states that schools in South Carolina are teaching boys math by taking them outside and using skateboard parts and teaching girls history with a trivia game. Boys learn better by going outside and learning with physical things while girls are more apt to learn from games and challenges where they are forced to be competitive.
If we allow our students to be separated, I believe our terrible education system will become great again. You will be proud of the test scores and the increase in high grade point averages. There will be fewer office referrals and the students will be less distracted and, therefore, get their work done. I feel that this is what is best for students and will make our schools a better learning environment. They would be allowed to mingle during breaks and lunch but the classrooms will be strictly segregated by sex.