Thursday, 27 October 2011

General Training Model Answer (Task 2)

Some people think that it is better to educate boys and girls in separate schools. Others, however, believe that boys and girls benefit more from attending mixed schools.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

Most schools today are co-educational where boys and girls study and learn side by side. Single sex schools can still be found particularly if religion is an important part of the school’s instruction.

To begin with, those who favour single sex schools perhaps believe their children are receiving a higher level of education as there is no distraction from the opposite sex. Students are able to concentrate in class and receive better marks.

On the other hand co-educational schools are common today. This is a more realistic way of learning and it reflects conditions in the working world. When students enter the workplace they will find both sexes there and their experience in the classroom will make them accept and respect their work colleagues equally. In addition it is often thought that boys and girls have different strengths in the classroom. For example boys might prefer problem-solving or practical subjects whilst girls might enjoy reading and being creative. This means that a student’s strengths complement another’s weaknesses.

Education is not restricted to what is learnt in the classroom. Socially, students also need a balance and they need to be in the same environment as the opposite sex.

In my opinion, students benefit more in schools with a mixed environment as this provides a model of the real world. It also encourages each student to bring their own unique knowledge to classroom learning. Single sex schools may be regarded as being limiting and may create social problems later on in life.

Question taken from IELTS 8 Past Papers p.129

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