Advantages & Disadvantages of Co-Education Schools

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Advantages & Disadvantages of Co-Education Schools
All state schools in the United States are coeducational by law. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Co-education is prevalent throughout the world. However, many private institutions, including colleges, still are single-sex. Co-educational schools have advantages and disadvantages. Whether they are the right choice depends on a student's individual learning needs.

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Preparation for Professional World

Co-educational schools prepare students for the professional world, which is not segregated between men and women. By teaching students to interact with members of the opposite sex in school, by the time they enter the workplace they will be well accustomed to relating with people of both genders and won't regard people of the other sex as strange creatures.

Preventing Gender Stereotyping

Males and females who do not regularly interact with each other are likely to entertain stereotypical beliefs about the other sex. If, throughout the schooling, students never interact with members of the opposite sex in or outside of the classroom, these stereotypes can become more and more ingrained over time. In coeducational schools, students learn that they have much in common with members of the opposite sex.

Distractions from Opposite Sex

Girls and boys are easily distracted by each other, which takes their attention off of their schoolwork. Especially during middle school, a crush on another student can preoccupy a student to the extent it hurts his grades. Or, a student might be so worried about how she is perceived by the opposite sex that she spends time fretting about her self-presentation instead of her performance.

Immature Romantic Relationships

Parents often fear their child is romantically involved with another student and perhaps even becoming very intimate with that person at school, where parents are not able to supervise. With all-girl or all-boy schools, parents do not need to worry as much about inappropriate relationships between students.

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