Co-ed schools, which are schools that teach both boys and girls, have been around for centuries. While there are many advantages to this arrangement, there are certainly disadvantages as well. These disadvantages can cause distractions and disrupt the academic and personal progress of the students.
Co-ed schools typically have a large number of students interested in dating and pursuing romantic relationships. This can be a distraction to the school day. This can lead to incidents in the school, especially if the couple is having problems or a disagreement of some kind. As many adolescents are going through changes with their bodies and sexual interests, this can create more conflict in co-ed schools than single-sex schools.
Boys vs. Girls
Student often square off over the issue of gender. Who's better at sports? Who's smarter? Which gender does the teacher favour? While a lot of these conflicts might especially exist in younger students who often find the other gender gross or annoying, these gender-based conflicts can exist with students of any age, and can be a distraction to the learning process of a school day.
Intimidation Toward Other Genders
Many students feel intimated by the other gender, whether it is because of a romantic interest or something else entirely. This can cause students to be fearful to raise their hand or afraid to speak up during group work. This can cause students to be shyer or more self-conscious than if they were only around their own gender. In turn this can lead to students participating less in class and their studies.
Co-ed schools can lead to gender stereotypes. For examples, girls might feel like math and science is for boys and let boys take the lead in those classes, while boys might feel like poetry and music is for girls and let girls take the lead in those classes. Sports can cause stereotypes too, especially with the idea that sports are for boys and girls should stick to other things. In single-sex schools, students often feel less pressure to conform to certain gender stereotypes, because the gender that might judge them is not present.