Why do we have single sex schools?

What’s the history behind one of the biggest debates in education?

“A group of parents and former students had gathered outside this prestigious school in the city’s inner west, holding placards decrying the school’s decision to become fully co-educational by 2033.”

In this article for The Conversation, team members Dr Jessica Kean, Dr Kellie Burns with Professor Helen Procter write a concise history of the single-sex vs co-ed debate in Australia.

“A feminist reassessment in the 1980s argued girls were sidelined in co-ed classes. This view was in turn challenged during the 1990s, with claims girls were outstripping boys academically and boys were being left behind in co-ed environments.”