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By Kristin Stanberry

What critics say about single-sex education

Those who claim single-sex education is ineffective and/or undesirable make the following claims:

  • Few educators are formally trained to use gender-specific teaching techniques. However, it's no secret that experienced teachers usually understand gender differences and are adept at accommodating a variety of learning styles within their mixed-gender classrooms.
  • Gender differences in learning aren't the same across the board; they vary along a continuum of what is considered normal. For a sensitive boy or an assertive girl, the teaching style promoted by advocates of single-sex education could be ineffective (at best) or detrimental (at worst). For example, a sensitive boy might be intimidated by a teacher who "gets in his face" and speaks loudly believing "that's what boys want and need to learn."
  • Students in single-sex classrooms will one day live and work side-by-side with members of the opposite sex. Educating students in single-sex schools limits their opportunity to work cooperatively and co-exist successfully with members of the opposite sex.
  • At least one study found that the higher the percentage of girls in a co-ed classroom, the better the academic performance for all students (both male and female). Professor Analia Schlosser, an economist from the Eitan Berglas School of Economics at Tel Aviv, found that elementary school, co-ed classrooms with a majority of female students showed increased academic performance for both boys and girls. In high school, the classrooms with the best academic achievement were consistently those that had a higher percentage of girls. Dr. Schlosser theorizes that a higher percentage of girls lowers the amount of classroom disruption and fosters a better relationship between all students and the teacher.
  • The American Council on Education reports that there is less academic disparity between male and female students overall and a far greater achievement gap between students in different racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups, with poor and minority students children faring poorly. Bridging that academic chasm, they argue, deserves more attention than does the gender divide.
  • Single-sex education is illegal and discriminatory, or so states the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) . In May 2008, the ACLU filed suit in federal court, arguing that Breckinridge County Middle School's (Kentucky) practice of offering single-sex classrooms in their public school is illegal and discriminatory. The school doesn't require any child to attend a single-sex class, yet the suit argues that the practice violates several state and federal laws, including Title IX and the equal Educational Opportunities Act.

Measuring public perception

How does the general public view single-sex education? To answer that question, Knowledge Networks conducted a nationwide survey in early 2008. (Education Next and the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard University sponsored the survey.) Survey results indicate:

  • More than one-third of Americans feel parents should have the option of sending their child to a single-sex school. (25% of respondents oppose the idea.)
  • Yet when asked if they'd consider a single-sex school for their own children, only 14% said they "definitely would" and 28% said they "probably would."

The fact remains that there are relatively few single-sex schools in our nation's public education system, and where they do exist, they are offered as an option rather than a requirement. If the single-sex education movement continues, you may find yourself in a position to vote for or against it in your own community.

Kristin Stanberry is a writer and editor specializing in parenting, education, and consumer health/wellness issues. Her areas of expertise include learning disabilities and AD/HD, which she wrote about extensively for Schwab Learning and GreatSchools.

 


Comments from GreatSchools.org readers

06/22/2012:
"Hello i am an advance student and i would like to say it is best to have mixed classes. I believe why is because those of us who feel at peace with people of difference in gender i was raised by females and i look up to them. Allowing this is both bad and good the pros are like in my old school challenger the allowed co-ed, and i think i liked it alot more then the option of making it to were we are in different class. i thank you for your time. "
06/20/2012:
"What i prefer is single-gender school. You may post something "for" this topic as you have done it "against" "
06/7/2012:
"Yes, single sex classrooms are a must. Boys need to be more active during the day and have more hands on activity. We must get our boys away from the girl oriented classroom. The other option is to change it and make the girls learn in a boys oriented classroom. That option I don't think is fair to girls. Both sexes deserve an equal chance to succeed. "
06/5/2012:
"I would not like to add my personal feedback but rather discuss the facts. Is it a fact that same sex schools are dominant in academics? Would we want to send our kids to schools where performance is overwhelming. Women and men are meant for each other but at what time and place. You decide? "
05/24/2012:
"School should be co-ed. Some children are awkward with others of their own gender. For example, certain girls who are tom-boys might not be comfortable in a room full of girls. The mixed genders are preparing kids for the real world, where things are not segregated. "
05/21/2012:
"I am doing a persuasive essay on Segregated schools and I believe that this website needs more information on what the parents BELIEVE rather than what officials THINK and what everybody THINKS. More information would be very helpful, and this is coming from a student in Jr.High. "
05/11/2012:
"i dont think we should have single sex eduacation "
05/11/2012:
"I am doing a persuasive essay on why kids of different gender should be separated. There are some disadvantages, but they are outweighed by the advantages. Private school is the only option for this opportunity, but only 10% of students attend private school dueto economic preventions. "
05/10/2012:
"Co-ed schools, obviously! I would NEVER want to be unprepared for the "real world", and I would NEVER send my kids to one either! GO CO-ED SCHOOLS! "
05/8/2012:
"i think single sex schools would be a good idea because kids are too wooried about daiting and the popular kids always pick on the other kids and make them feel bad. i have been observing this kinda thing for a few days now and i have noticed girls that like a guy try too look good for them and daydream more about them then work on their own school work. if we had single sex schools it would be better for kids learning and they could acually have success in high school. now i know im only 13 but i think this is a really good opinion. "
05/4/2012:
"Thank you for writing an article on this. It helped me big on my co-ed debate. :) "
05/4/2012:
"Who would even think of such a thing? That is a horrible thing to do. Boys and girls need to interact with each other. What's even the point of separating each sex? It's not like it will help any process of learning or anything. "
05/3/2012:
"This is my top source for my project. Thank you very much :D "
04/30/2012:
"Personally, I'm glad to be enrolled in a co-ed school. Being with both boys and girls is just another form of diversity. That's why there are laws mandating that company boards have to be at least a certain percent women (which I personally think is discriminatory, but that's not the point). Maybe it's just my imagination, but it seems to me that girls sometimes offer different points than boys. Also, if boys and girls are educated separately, I think it would support the idea that girls learn one way and boys learn another way, which would encourage teachers to teach to the gender, not the individual. Differences in learning style and talent probably vary much more between two individuals of the same sex than between the population means of boys and girls. "
04/30/2012:
"Wow, anyone can post on here? Cool. The more I look into the issue of single-sex vs co-ed education, the more I am glad that Americans have the option of either. Mind you, not all Americans can afford the private schools that tend to offer a single-sex option, but it seems like the whole system may be restructured in the near-ish future anyway. I personally am glad that I attended 13 years of public, co-ed school, and that I will be attending a public university with a student body including both genders. This is because I value the way my male and female peers interact and work together voluntarily, and the equality it implies. However, many single-sex students are quick to point out that they do not lack for socialization with the other gender; they simply must seek it outside of school. If you want my far-from-expert opinion, co-ed schools are always a good default option, but some students certainly might benefit from a more specialized education. We do try to ca! ter to individual needs, and some individuals probably flourish in a single-sex learning environment. By the way, anybody complaining that they "disagree" with this article probably didn't read it. It offers a number of pros AND cons; in other words it is impartial. "
04/16/2012:
"thank you for this excellent information about same gender schools vs co-ed:) itll really help me with my debate "
04/10/2012:
"this is so good "
04/3/2012:
"this is so cool "
04/3/2012:
"I feel that single sex schools seperate boys from liking girls and girls from liking guys. I also think that those who think that single sex schools are better are trying to say that being friends with your opposite sex is not a good idea. I'm only 13 so i know how it feels to not be friends with my opposite sex "
04/2/2012:
"we have to write a essay in english class about same-gender schools. this will really help me! thx :) "
03/15/2012:
"this web sit is awesome and cool "
03/6/2012:
"Thnk you so much! I'm from Germany and I have to talk about single sex education in my next text! So this Article helped me so much! :) Thank you! "
02/21/2012:
"This really helped! thanks! :D "
02/13/2012:
"I wanted more reasons against single sex schools and I only got reasons for it. "
02/9/2012:
"This really helped me with the project I'm doing in social studies.......so thank you "
02/1/2012:
" This is a great article! "
01/30/2012:
"i say this article is okay because the second page could have givin alot more of information about this subject "
01/30/2012:
"I am going to be starting a single sex school but am not intimidated by this at all, as it was not just my parents choice but mine too, alot of people I know quite well go there and enjoy it tremendisly. Its just a debate that has two extremely good arguments on both sides "
01/17/2012:
"this is not a helpful website no fence "
01/13/2012:
"I am in my fourth year of all-girls education (started in seventh grade, now I'm in tenth grade), and I think it's amazing. When subjects get a bit awkward in the classroom, most people are more comfortable because there are only girls. Additionally, my friends and I are not part of the boy/girl drama that plagues the lives of many people our age. Sure, there are several girls at our school who seem to spend more time at our brother schools than at our school, but if they didn't want to have too many interactions with boys, it's easily avoidable. Yes, a downside is that single-sex education does not allow people to develop social skills necessary for communicating with the opposite sex, but this usually happens with people who aren't very social in the first place; they would not necessarily develop communication skills in a co-ed environment, either. Also, as another commenter pointed out, dances and weekends are great for socializing with the opposite gender, if you're wo! rried about that. "
01/12/2012:
"i feel that if your in a single gender school system that you won't develope social skills with the opposite sex vary well and it'll be hard in the future for the children "
01/4/2012:
"Single-Sex Education. You either are on one end or the other. I on the other hand can swallow both sides equally. Although I do find that single-sex education does improve test taking and study skills. I really don't understand why people assume that teens in single-sex schools can't socialize normally like teens in a coed school. There are of course dances and weekends for that kind of thing. I also have to comment on how ridiculous the bullet point about how if there is high percentage of girls in a classroom that the overall grade average of the class will preform better. The only reason why that is is because of the majority of females. It'd just be like going to an all girls' school. "
01/4/2012:
"The most important thing that people I think are forgetting is the fact that how single sex classes will actually do positive things. Most of these comments, are going on and on about how they personally wouldn't like single sex classes, because they enjoy interacting at times with the opposite gender. If you ask me, maybe you should read evidence and information on this topic, and try to base your opinion on that, not just decide based on your feelings and experiences. I am a sixth grader in a middle school in Howard County. I am doing this topic as part of the debate league in my school. Single sex classes allow kids to do better, and not always think about what the girl/boy in front of him/her is thinking about themselves. You have got to admit everybody, isn't that a huge problem. Most kids ( in general) rather be popular than be a brainiac. They often want to get the best "catch( date)" for themselves, and this is a huge distraction in most middle/high schools across th! e country. "
12/22/2011:
"i think boys n girls shouldnt be seprated becuz they could be taught together n learn better............ ;-) single sex school is the worst idea ever especially if you want your child to grow and develop their personal and social skills they cant do that if they are confined to one gender type " ........ I Disagreee we should be taught together;-) "
12/22/2011:
"The person who wrote a comment on 11/29/11 needs to learn how to spell and i think he/she needs to calm down. Im a 14 year old boy that goes to a private school and before that i went to a public school and i didnt do so good. When i started private school ive had better grades than ever..."Jeez guys, lighten up" "
12/12/2011:
"im writing a speach on single gender education and this did not help me because i am con for this kind of schooling "
12/12/2011:
"I think same sex classrooms can have a wonderful outcome.... Just remember teachers are the X factor.... If lessons are tailored to meet the needs of boys and girls individually then a more structured classroom can benefit all of the students. Less distraction and more learning!!! I taught sixth grade in a co-Ed setting and found that girl problems and boy dilemmas hindered learning because I would have to spend instructional time dealing with playground issues. Same sex classrooms within co-Ed schools might just be the new wave that can pull us out of the educational slump that our country is in!!! "
11/30/2011:
"The social biased of the people today is quite ridiculous. All of you are so biased to your own opinion and worried about how he spells things, that you don't even look at the information he lies above. You all are complaining about study's that people have made and he choose to use them. He makes a clear and specific point. I agree. "
11/29/2011:
"Single sex education has got to be the most rediculous thing i have ever heard. Those "Scientists" are assuming that all girls learn alike and all boys learn alike, their research is based on averages and does not look at every student as an individual. Now, if someone wants a kid to take a test to find out what is the best way for that child to learn and then place them into classrooms accordingly, that is a pretty good idea. Tom those of you saying the people from co-ed schools doent even know how to type, keep in mind, most single sex schools are private which costs money. The parents who had the time and money to put their kids through private school are going to pudh their kids to do better than some kid living in the ghetto with abusive parents would, it has more to do with the parental involment in a their child's school life than single sex educational environments. Also, it could just be a typo. Jeez guys, lighten up! "
11/21/2011:
"If you are going to talk about how you can learn just as well in a co-ed school as a single sex school then you may want to check your spell check. It may help make you seem slightly more educated. "
11/8/2011:
"Single-sex education. A poem./ Dearest people, the people/ always arguing and full of hate,/ why oh why should we ever/ turn out this way? Single-sex,/ co-educational, why does it matter?/ Girls, boys, everyone;/ WE CANNOT REMAIN LIKE THIS/ do you hear me? "
11/3/2011:
"Someone please try to exaplain to me how you can be happy in a single sex school. "
10/31/2011:
"this did not help me at all "
10/25/2011:
"It's obvious that Coed schools did so much for all these posters who can't even spell words such as 'single' and can't figure out where a period goes in a sentence. On topic, school is a place for learning. In fact, you spend more time out of school than in school. Excluding boarding schools, students would have plenty of time outside of the classroom for social interaction. There will always be cases for people who didn't mesh as well as others, but it is circumstantial evidence. Most research shows that either one is just as good as the other. About how this is discriminatory, well I think they are grasping for straws there. If it is offered to both sides, and is equal to both sides, is it discriminatory? Or next are we going to say that there can't be high school football as girls aren't allowed to play all positions, or that softball/baseball should be cut because each gender can't play on the other side? Grow up, America. "
10/20/2011:
"I recently graduated from an all boy's high school and I just found myself laughing uncontrollably when I see that the most critics really have against a single sex school is social interaction. Through personal experience with friends from public school I have heard complaints on my abilitiy to talk to girls with such ease. "You have more girl friends than I can even count," a close friend of mine would say that goes to a Co-Ed High school. I believe that people have forgotten about this simple aspect of American life called "The weekend." This glorious time of the week WHERE STUDENTS ARE NOT IN SHCOOL. Clubs that do provide great oppurtunities to meet people from other schools. Social contacts are exchanged and friends are formed. (This is how I met my prom date and current girlfriend) The serperation to interact with girls in a more fun enviornment such as the mall or movies didn't conflict with my focus needed in the classroom. The most amusing arguement I saw was "•Students in single-sex classrooms will one day live and work side-by-side with members of the opposite sex. Educating students in single-sex schools limits their opportunity to work cooperatively and co-exist successfully with members of the opposite sex." Right after high school I was offered the oppurtunity to do office work where most of the staff is female. This arguement holds no water considering that myself, and past classmates who were also offered jobs at other institutions, work just find with female co-workers. We hold a sense of professionalisim that these critics failed to comprehend. Another fun arguement against single sex schools is the maturity of Boys. Oh those crazy ravid immature boys. People making this arguement need to mature themselves. I have noticed more immature and emotional drama come from co-ed schools than I observed from my own school. Of course immature jokes are exchanged amongst my peers, but the same can be said from all sorts of enviornments. Like said before, a sense of professionalisim is applied to the proper situatuion, and distinguishing the diffrence between co-ed and single sex, I see the ability to differentiate the proper and imporper situations is more evident in single sex than that of co-ed schools. Coming from a teenage boy that scored 2100 on his SAT's, full time college student, part time job as a student intern, I hope parents do not disregard single sex schools as an option for their children. The enviornment is unique, warm, and can provide oppurtunities you would have never thought possible for your child. A $15 an hour job right out of highschool and a $10,000 scholarship, all coming from a student from a single parent household isn't to bad. "
10/19/2011:
"I think what a lot of people are forgetting when they read this article is that single gender classrooms are completely VOLUNTARY and OPTIONAL. Students can try it out for a year and if they dont like it go back to a co-ed classroom. They're still getting social interaction at lunch times and recess. Schools are offering this as a CHOICE NOT as a mandatory action. I think it would be very beneficial in core classes in elementary and possibly middle schools. "
09/23/2011:
"hmmm where have we heard seperate but equel before? and not all kids are the same. besides think of all the immature boys that will just act up the whole time. it would be a disaster. not to mention social retardation to a new level! "
09/19/2011:
"when was this article written? "
06/13/2011:
"I found this very informative. A great debate topic."
06/6/2011:
"single sex school is the worst idea ever especially if you want your child to grow and develop their personal and social skills they cant do that if they are confined to one gender type "
05/23/2011:
"im doing a paper with my friend bailey & i am doing the cons of having a one sex school and she is doing the pros. any one have a good website i could visit that will help us both out? thanks:)!"
05/6/2011:
"im in a mixed sex school and i think one gender schools is a good idea"
04/1/2011:
"i dont like this"
03/31/2011:
"This information is very insightful. I'm intrigued by the research that indicates that boys perform better at cooler temperatures and that girls perform better at warmer temperatures. If anybody could give me a source where I could take a look at the research myself, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you."
03/29/2011:
"I liked this article. Congrats"
03/23/2011:
"I think this websites gives really good information and gets straight to the point. It answers alot of question that we want to know."
03/21/2011:
"this is best article that i never read"
03/7/2011:
"i truely disagree on this article"
02/23/2011:
"im doin an english essay on the benefits of attending an all - girls school and is having trouble in understanding why there would be less of a distraction in an all - girls school ANYONE KNOW ANYTHING ?????"
02/14/2011:
"I think you need to tell the reader which ones are pros and cons on this subject. I also dont really know what some of these meen so I think you need to make it more specific."
01/24/2011:
"This article helped me with my NHD project. (National History Day) I knew there were private schools with girls only and boys only rules, but I never knew there were some schools with optional single-sex classes! This, and many other websites, helped me greatly with my project. Thanks!!! =D"
12/30/2010:
"The merits or demerits of single sex education is most difficult to conclude. In Trinidad and Tobago for example,there has been a large scale move to make all public high schools (not primary ones) single sex. In my view the policy was ill thought out, rest on little or no published researched and based on the assumptions that because a few single sex 'prestigious' schools do relatively well it justified the policy! What further gives this policy support, strangely is the applaud of elitist and coveted racist groups that previously argued that mixed schools were designed to propagate race mixing! The fact is however, that the policy does not fulfill stated educational goals but it creates yet another opportunity for segregationist to justify their ideology by pseudoscience. One wonders given what is published on wider American and Caribbean research if the single sex argument is not soon to be turned into a 'single ethnicity' one ending finally in a new apartheid system. ! "
12/13/2010:
"I think that Single ginder schools are good. Most study's show that grades improve while attending a single ginder school. Also if students go to single ginder schools you can still have time to be social with the other gender after school. "
11/2/2010:
"has anyone noticed that this article talks mostly about what happens when there are all girls in a classroom, but now when there are all boys in a classroom? i know that there are boys schools out there and if your think about the maturity level of high school boys there is can't be much learning and studying going on at an all-boys school. and really what is the point of same-sex schools? when a man or a woman transitions into the work place, they will be hard-pressed to find an office that is strictly all-male or all-female. boys and girls need to learn how to work together from early age on so that they will not be socially crippled in their adult life. i went to a co-ed school and i did just fine with my school work. not as well as i had hoped but that is because i'm not a very good student. if i didn't go to a co-ed school, i probably wouldn't have had as many friends as i had. many girls in my school were real b***ches, and boys were the next best thing. many people sa! y that same-sex school help break down the stereotypical roles for each gender, but i think they add to these roles. to me same-sex schools are just not a good idea."
10/12/2010:
"im in middle school (8th grade) and i dont find myself distracted at all while the opposite sex is around. i actually work better when im in a group with a guy in it because they have a different way of viewing things. while im the 'i have to make the project pretty' theyre the 'does that seem practical' part and that helps alot. also, girls at my school are rarely ever too shy to say they dont get it, even in front of guys. and if we dont learn how to interact with eachother now, when will we eve have the time? these years are the years that we figure out each other, not years to be seperated."
10/12/2010:
"i enjoyed this passage"
10/4/2010:
"I think that the children should decide if they want to go to a single sex or mixed school after all its them that have to spend their time there.Studies show that people who went to single sex schools had very hard time going out into the world and succeeding because every time they got told 'NO' their confidence was knocked,but kids that went to mixed schools have an easier time getting out there because they know how to charm there way around people because of the skills they learned in school so i think that us kids should choose and yes im am a child aged 13 and i have just started my first year in secondary and i am excelling at it with my people skills and in the classroom i came from a mixed school as well and it prepared me for everything they have thrown at me now im here so i think mixed schools are better and thats just my opinion :) "
10/1/2010:
"This article was somewhat helpful. My position for a speech at school is that children do not benefit from single-sex schools. This article was pointed more towards the pros of single-sex education rather than the cons."
09/3/2010:
"I am totally against having girls and boys mixed in the same school and classes during the secondary school years (i.e. the 10-16 year age group). Secondary schools should aim to create an environment where youngsters can concentrate on academic, social and personal development and life skills without undue distraction by members of the opposite sex and without the stresses of having to compete with others for mates. Co-educational secondary schools are particularly stressful for girls who take longer to develop physically or are considered to be less attractive than others. Because of this there is much more potential for severe bullying in co-educational secondary schools than in single gender ones. However adolescent youngster do benefit from mixing with members of the opposite sex in supervised environments such as band clubs, certain church groups, sports clubs, music schools etc. for a few hours a week. But it is not right to mix adolescent genders every day between 8.00 am and 4 pm. Such a time window should be reserved for academic/artistic/personal and social development instruction WITHOUT UNDUE SEXUAL DISTRACTIONS. "
09/2/2010:
"I think going to an all-girls HS was a huge help. I couldn't sit by the phone waiting for a guy to ask me to MY school dances. I learned to assert myself. Also,ALL HS is a bad example of 'preparing for real world' - when did you ever have 95% of the people you meet that were all your own age and going through puberty at the same time? HS - co-ed or not - is nothing like the 'real world' - thankfully."
08/3/2010:
"Thank you for providing an objective review of this topic. Most of the articles I have found online are so biased it is hard to form an opinion. Our family has used your website a few times when we have relocated and you are pretty spot-on with your school ratings. Thanks again."
07/19/2010:
"i needed the info for a debate we are doing at school and this article really didn't help me with the cons of same sex schools.I really didn't like this article as this seemed as a one sided opinion"
05/19/2010:
"im doing a report for school; the pros of coed school. this article really helped thanks a bunch!!"
05/12/2010:
"its not that boys and girls learn differently when they are sharing a room with the opposite sex, but its the ability of each student that makes them succeed in class, school, etc. everyone has individual needs. not all the girls have the same problem as the boys. Some boys may have the same problems as some girls, or vice versa. So what they say in this article that the opposite sex is the reason (distraction) why they don't learn equally as when they are in a single sex classroom, is false because everyone learns at its own pace."
05/4/2010:
"I think there are positives and negatives to single-sex and co-ed schools. I went to co-ed schools all my life and wished I had gone to an all girls high school. I think over-all, if teachers are trained properly and the curriculums are established for girls and boys, single-sex classes would be a positive. Perhaps have one school, but separate out the classes, especially gym class. Then there is intermingling of the sexes but classroom settings that focus on school work instead of staring at the cute boy or girl in class (for example)."
04/27/2010:
"Single sex schools are regressive and are extremely sexist. Studies show that Boys and girls learn perfectly when together!"
04/26/2010:
"dont like it... sorry. but i think when u learn as a whole the whole co-ed thing is good but when u haave a orginizaton such as just wait come.. its better if the boys and girls are apart. :)"
04/15/2010:
"Single sex schools are not good because they do not give you the same oppertunity to us as a co-ed schools do... you shoulkd post some things for debate teams. That is why I am doing this, because of one of my classes. It is hard to find out things that are good about co-ed schools and bad things about single sex schools "
04/13/2010:
"no same sex classes, same sex classes are a big NONO"
04/7/2010:
"This did not help me at all : ("
03/26/2010:
"No single sex schools!!!!"
03/26/2010:
"coed schools are better for boys amd girls because they learn to interact with each other. it's better for the real world because men and women interact all the time SN"
03/24/2010:
"i think it would be a good idea because it gets the kids to do their work then focusing on the oppsite sex!"
03/24/2010:
"very helpful used it for school, much thanks :)"
03/19/2010:
"I think that singal gender schools is good for students, because girls and boys both think diffrently. they also distract each other from their school work "
03/19/2010:
"Single sex schools can decrease guys grades because they like to compete againest the oppisite sex for sports and school work. So boys won't work as hard if they don't have girls to compete to."
03/18/2010:
"Single sex schools should be banned. Opposite genders need to be comfortable with eachother because they intereact in the real world. Hi, my name is Sally and I go to Northwestern College. I used to go to an all girls school when i was in highschool, middle, and lower school. When I came to college I was nervous around guys because I had never actually interacted with them enough to learn how to. Co-ed schools are better because they teach kids how to interact with the opposite gender"
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