TASK 2: ARGUMENT ESSAYS - 3 MODELSIn the column next to each paragraph in the 3 essays below, write( if it is neutral (agrees and disagrees - is balanced)( if it agrees with the topic (NOT if you agree)( if it disagrees with the topic (NOT if you disagree).Single-Sex or Co-Ed Schools: Boys and girls SHOULD be educated together.
In the UAE, most schools are single-sex. Some people believe that this kind of school offers more benefits for the student. However, others think that coeducational ones are better. This essay will examine the pros and cons of co-ed and single-sex schools.
There are several arguments in favour of mixed schools. The first argument is that students will learn to ...view middle of the document...
Most schools are single-sex in the UAE. Have you ever wondered whether these types of schools are really advantageous for students? In fact, the arguments supporting co-ed schools are very moving. Some pros of such schools are discussed below.
The first convincing argument for co-ed schools is that boys and girls will learn to communicate with each other. During children's formative years, it's important that they share their different outlooks on life in constructive ways and school is the perfect venue for doing so. Boys and girls who learn to communicate well will have fewer problems in marriage or work in the future.
Another point is that boys and girls are a good influence on each other, engendering good behaviour and maturity. Moreover, experts say that academic competition between the sexes often leads to better grades in schools. In other words, boys study harder to impress and outsmart girls and vice-versa.
Finally, co-ed schools are undeniably progressive and modern. One could even say that single-sex schools are a throwback to the society of the past where, historically, only men were allowed any kind of education. Separating girls may remind them of this painful past and even negatively affect their performance in school.
In summary, same-sex and co-ed schools both have advantages. We have seen, however, that there are many strong arguments for the latter. I strongly believe that co-ed schools offer more benefits and ensure a rosy future for both genders. (247 words)
Single-Sex or Co-Ed Schools: Boys and girls SHOULD be educated together
In the UAE, most schools are single-sex. Some people believe that this kind of school is detrimental to students and prefer co-educational ones instead. However, the arguments in favour of single-sex schools are very compelling. This essay will outline some pros of such schools.
The first argument for single-sex schools is that students can remain more focused on their work. It is evident that boys and girls can not concentrate on their studies in a mixed class. Especially in adolescence, boys tend to distract girls and vice-versa: the subject of study often becomes the other gender rather than English or math!
Moreover, boys and girls think in markedly different ways. This suggests, therefore, that they should also be taught using strategies specific to their gender. Girls, for example, may benefit more from listening and speaking tasks whereas boys may prefer hands-on activities targeting their kinaesthetic preferences. In short, girls may prefer to listen and speak, boys to "do" things such as project-based work.
A last compelling point is co-ed schools are against some religions, notably Islam. According to the Q'ran, Islamic schools should not be co-ed, especially after students reach adolescence. Therefore, schools should be sensitive to pupils' cultural and religious differences and respect such differences by segregating the genders from middle school, if not earlier.