From: David Scott
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Date: 16 Nov 1996
"It seems that girls and women often excel when they are without the opposite sex. For example, women in all girl schools often do very well. Why do you guys think this is? What is challenging about a co-ed environment?"
The standard argument is that boys are more likely to volunteer in classroom activities and demand more attention than the girl students. That takes the teacher's focus away from the girls.
I don't believe it is necessary for the learning environment to be exclusively female, as long as the male students are respectful to everyone else and the instructors help the girls to be active and involved with the activities. I think school should prepare people for their future in the work force, and there you most often do not have a choice about with whom you work.
"It is possible to make no mistakes and still lose. That's life."