Quote-box-glitch??? Never mind...
To quote MissPlaced:
"....simply because IT"S MY JOB to prepare my kids for life..PEROID.
To my mind "Seperation" isn't always a good thing....and it's not necessarily a bad thing either.....I'm still thinkin about this, my main concern is who's gonna walk thru this open door and use it for shall we say less then honorable purposes???
You read my mind.
But seriously, I wasn't about bringing that up, but it's another important thing to look at, especially considering all the sickening stories coming out about the Catholic church and - education lately in this part of the world (Netherlands / Belgium). It has affected 1000's of lives in a relative small community, and still does apparently.
Respectfully indeed, +1, and thanks for the welcome MissPlaced!
Could we also please note the sociological effects in general into this discussion, those that affect us 24/7 and not only on school itself? All due respect myrti, I couldn't agree more on the rest you daid!
I myself also had mixed PE in "high school" (we have another system here), and espescially on days we did field or ball-sports, we ALL, being around 16, had the time of our lives
Some classes might generally be more suited or interesting to a specific sex, but what self-respected lady here would agree that computers are something for boys and girls could learn something else that is useful to them?
Even my own girls would kill me for saying that!
My wife, a primary-school-teacher herself, has a need to differentiate between ages though. Younger kids need to learn the basic social structures, before counting and spelling. Then basic communication and the platform on witch children base the rest of their lives. We're talking 3-8 year old kids. We both think separating kids at those ages would harm them far more in the future then do them any good.
After that age though, my wife does see a general tendency within boys for having the need to be physically active, at least more then within girls.
They are experimenting with "variable brakes" as the weather and other factors seem to have a strong influence on kids' behavior. Also, the more "interesting" classes are sometimes given on the playground, although that is not really catching on as I heard, mainly because other people inside get jealous... (Hahaha, go figure!)
In high school however, we both agree that all main classes should be given together, and specific classes could be separated, as chosen by the STUDENT. Give them descent alternatives of secondary classes to choose from themselves and let them figure it out??? Or is that tooo easy?