If you segregate children like that it would leave up the responsibility for socializing children w/ kids of the opposite gender....
It makes me think of two opposing trends in society.... one trend, some thinking that we're increasing becoming a nanny state, and leaving too much up to schools/governemtn to raise our children (or telling us how to raise our children), and the other trend, people increasing incredelous at the number of bad parents and/or the depth of their bad parentness.
Heck, some parents would *purposely* keep their kids away from the opposite sex.
Segregation on one hand takes the decision out of the parents hand (for schooling anyways) making their children spend at least 6 hrs in single gendered enviroment, on the other hand it could be seen as giving the parents more freedom. They can always choose how much intergendered activities happen outside of school, but for parents who don't want their kids/teenagers interacting w/ the other gender that much, can enforce it all the time.
The thing I'm worried about is still needing the kids to do intergendered activities to learn how to deal w/ the opposite gender (whether their parents like it or not, sorry, but I consider it an absolute neccessity, unless you're living in a society where you're going to be married off at 16, and be hidden at home all the time
and even then.... ).
W/ all the Homework that kids have to do after school now-a-days, HM, when are they going to have time? And you're assuming that the parents will have resources to give their children intergendered activities for their child. This assumes they either: have siblings, live in a neigbourhood w/ other children (that the kid likes
of both genders), or have transportation to get to one and/or money to pay for activities to meet other kids.
Edit: And even if they have all of these, meeting a few girls or boys every week cannot do the same for ones education of the opposite sex as meeting a diverse group of girls or boys, instead of just a small number, or the ones approved by mom or dad (and well approving of their mates are great thoughts - you don't have control over their mates in school, you'll start to have only control over the ones in the opposite gender)
And what about rural areas that just don't have enough students to do this?
Also: I was very much a loner in school.... I think in an all girl school it would have been worse.... how so? I pretty much rarely rarely got bothered or teased or harrassed, because there were too many cliques, (it was worse in elementary school when there were less kids) so I was able to avoid notice
I think there would be less in groups and such in a girls school, because you wouldn't have the girl groups and the boy groups.... and have people to be able to hide inbetween or in the fringes (I didn't hid because I was forced... I didn't fit in, and didn't like 75 % of the people in highschool
Also, one of my two best friends in highschool was a guy.... I would have never have met him it we didn't go to an intergendered highschool.
Also: Kids in elementary school are *more likely* to hang out w/ the same gender, and therefor effectively segregate themselves if and when possible.
It seems you suggested doing this during critical ages, so likely you are suggestion segregation in highschool more than elementary school, because this is when its most likely to occur, hormones, increasingly looking like adults.... Perhaps, because of these
kids start to interact more w/ the opposite sex... because of this, during the age they naturally start reaching out the other sex (platonically and romantically), if you do this during highschool, intergendered primary schools aren't really going to help.... especially considering how much more kids grow in their teens years.
Shouldn't we also consider, the fact that we are effectively making the other gender "forbidden" we might be making the other gender (their age or not) more enticing, and perhaps incidentally cause more teenage pregnancy/STDs.
Sorry for my babbling, meandering course of conversation. I just think there are too many positivies to get rid of the other gender in school. Teacher and students. Its not just teacher-student romatic relationships you'll be preventing, it will affect many other things, and I just don't think enough of those things will be positive.
Edit: Also consider, if you do the segregation in different schools (because if you just do it differnet classrooms in the same school, opposite sex teacher-student meetings/interactions can still happen), the arrangements parents are going to have to make to send their kids to school if they have kids of both genders are complicated. What if the schools start at the same time?
Edited by sierraleone, 22 April 2005 - 06:47 PM.