Coeducational studies can help students become more compassionate and break through stereotypical gender boundaries.
On August 28, Vellappally Natesan, a Kerala leader of the Hindu Ezhava community, said, “Girls and boys sitting together in classrooms goes against Indian culture and breeds anarchy.” He was responding to a question posed by the media regarding the gender neutral policy for uniforms.
Natesan also said, “We (SNDP) are not in favor of girls and boys sitting together in classrooms. We have our own culture. We don’t live in America or England.
He also said that our culture does not allow girls and boys to sit together or kiss. “You don’t see this happening in the educational institutions of Muslims and Christians,” he added.
Although the leader is entitled to his opinions, he cannot expect anyone else to respect them. We have listed six reasons why co-education is good for students as well as for society.
Develop mutual respect
Compared to students who study in single-sex schools, co-educational students learn to respect the privacy and thoughts of others. It helps instill a moral value that can help them look beyond gender and see people for who they are.
They can unlearn the casual sexism that is still a big part of our society. When students of different sexes study together, they grow up with a more realistic idea of a larger community; it engenders acceptance and understanding.
When children of different sexes study together, they learn the concept of equality. When all students use the same spaces, study the same books and wear the same uniform, it helps them understand that no one is above another.
Coeducation can teach students to think beyond race, class, gender, gender, and creed. It encourages them to grow up to treat people as equals rather than scrutinizing and stereotyping them in age-old misconceptions.
When students learn and grow in an environment where they have the opportunity to talk to people of different genders, they become better able to communicate with each other. As they better understand their surroundings, they can better communicate their thoughts.
Additionally, it makes mixed-sex students less likely to say offensive things when talking about or to someone of the opposite gender.
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A classroom full of students of all gender identities promotes socialization. These people can grow up to speak with more sensitivity towards others and interact without feeling uncomfortable in the company of another gender.
From the beginning, they are taught to coexist and they are taught not to fear people of other genders.
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Prepares students for the future
Whether a student decides to study abroad or not, coeducational study can help prepare them for a larger world beyond their classrooms, where people of all genders coexist. It can help them become more compassionate friends, colleagues, employers, bosses, and human beings.
Even though we live in 2022, we still haven’t moved beyond regressive constructions on gender roles. We have to do better than that, we have to choose better leaders and be the best version of ourselves.
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