Mary Wollstonecraft is the first female philosopher that has been spoken about thus far in this course. Wollstonecraft fought for women’s rights and equal opportunity for all women in society. This included that of education as well, saying women shall attend schooling rather than following society of the past doing domestic chores while the men received an education. In the text, A Vindication of the Rights of Women, Wollstonecraft talks about her beliefs in how women have been seen as subordinate in society and how her family life reflected this thought. She also explains how she wants to reform this to change the lives of women and give them the equal rights that men have, and that women deserve.
Wollstonecraft supports the idea of boys and girls attending school together, rather than attending separate schools. She believed that since men and women were “cognitively and physiologically the same, boys and girls should have a similar rather than distinctive education” (Guteck, p. 218, 2011). In her proposed educational program, a government-funded school was to be created that was coeducation, containing both sexes. They were open to all children between the ages of five and nine. In addition, since she saw men and women as the same, she insisted that both genders wear the same type of clothing and receive the same instructional teaching.
Despite her support of coeducational schools, the plan also included the children being streamed and separated into vocational schools upon turning nine years of age. At this stage in education, they were to be taught together in the morning but then moved to separate schools to learn gender-specific skills.
After reviewing the website supporting the benefits of single sex education, although I could agree with a few points made, I cannot say that I agree with single sex education in schools. It was interesting to read that the gender separate format was shown to improve scores amongst the students, but that is not enough to sway my opinion. I feel that in school, it is imperative to have the interaction between boys and girls. It can teach children a lot in regards to social skills and how to communicate and interact with others. I do not believe that single-sex education is beneficial to a child’s education. In addition, I have a friend that attended an all girls catholic high...