The findings, taken from studying a cohort of all those born in a single week of 1958, will be presented by Professor Diana Leonard, from London University's Institute of Education, at a conference at the Perse School for Girls in Cambridge.
In the beginning women were educated for the sake of family and society: the new republic needed educated mothers to produce reasonable, responsible male citizens.Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, said: "All the research shows single-sex schools are good for girls but bad for boys – both in terms of academic performance and socialisation."Girls seem to learn what the nature of the beast is if they have been to single sex schools whereas boys taught on their own seem to find girls more puzzling."Dr Bousted added: "Boys learn better when they are with girls and they actually learn to get on better."The research also reveals that men taught in boys' schools are more likely to suffer from "a sense of malaise" or depression by their early 40s – possibly as a result of relationship breakdown.Men were also more likely to have spoken of a "dislike" for their school days if taught in a male-dominated environment.Though it's hard to generalize about all single-sex schools, here are some commonalities that tend to characterize many single-sex schools: Despite the fact that many boys' and girls' schools are at the top of their game academically, they often have a more relaxed environment.This relaxed environment is created, in part, because boys and girls don't need to worry about impressing the other gender.