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* The good news for Canadian parents is that research reveals that the most motivated students enjoy attending school regardless of the type of school they attend, and most would recommend their schools to others. * Students however, recognize that a co-ed environment reflects the world around them once they get beyond the classroom. * Confidence o Students attending a co-ed school in Canada (both Individual and public) feel more confident expressing their views in the presence of the opposite sex * In the same research study, 84% of the students attending independent co-ed schools respond that they feel confident expressing their views in the presence of members of the opposite sex while people attending single sex schools were only 69% o Showing that collaboration between the sexes in the classroom helps develop confidence in students so that they feel comfortable sharing their ideas and opinions in any situation, and excel at university and beyond as leader Facts on Co-ed Education * Confidence o Students attending a co-ed school in Canada (both Individual and public) feel more confident expressing their views in the presence of the opposite sex * Respect o Students at co-ed schools indicated that they make friends easily with members of their own sex (85%) ...read more.

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This reflects a common assumption in some circles that graduates of SS high schools, if not middle or elementary schools, are somehow less adept at interactions in either the mixed-gender workplace or other activities, perhaps even in the interpersonal aspects of intimate relationships. Boys and girls have been educated separately across most cultures in most time periods. * In a research study, 84% of the students attending independent co-ed schools respond that they feel confident expressing their views in the presence of members of the opposite sex while people attending single sex schools were only 69% o Showing that collaboration between the sexes in the classroom helps develop confidence in students so that they feel comfortable sharing their ideas and opinions in any situation, and excel at university and beyond as leaders * "Best of both worlds" opportunity o Students of co-ed schools are given greater opportunity to participate in activities with opposite-sex peers and 62% agree they also have a chance to do activities without the opposite-sex. o Conversely, only 32% of the students in single-sex schools report the chance to participate in activities with the opposite sex. * Boy's Interaction o In this environment, they learn how to interact with and gain respect for female classmates and theirs' in return. ...read more.

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* "Girls are learning to compete with boys and boys are learning to compete with girls. Co-operation and competition is something we have to educate them about." Dr John Newton, headmaster, Taunton co-educational school. * Since studies have shown that boy and girls process information differently, coed schools allow students to learn from the opposite sex. * People in general learn from everyone. If they were exposed to a wider range of people, then they would gain more knowledge. * Participation of Girls o Girls are no more likely to discuss in classroom topic depending on the environment that they are in this is equal in both. Females are willing to try whether they are wrong or right. * Boy Engagement o Research has shown that boys in a coed-school environment are as likely to be engaged in learning as boys in a single-sex school environment. However, studying in a mixed peer setting allows the boys to become more comfortable in voicing their opinions and ideas when girls are present. * Independent co-ed schools offer the students opportunity to exchange a broad range of opinions and viewpoints with their peers since the school comprises a mixed gender student body. * In a co-ed learning environment, students are exposed to both male and female role model ...read more.

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