For many parents, particularly those of us who have teenage girls, there are a lot of concerns about peer pressure and the lifelong effects it can have on our children. In many ways, the answer to many of these modern day problems is a simple, historical solution: gender-based education. Take the Essex schools for girls, for instance; they have a proven track record that supports this solution. Below are the reasons to take your daughter to a girls school.
Why schools exclusively for girls are good
Girls schools, by their very nature, encourage girls to come together and show sisterly support to the women in their lives. The close bonds made in this educational setting, free from the teasing and taunting encouraged amongst boys, sets the path for your daughter to make supportive, positive relationships now and in the future.
Positive role models
Unsurprisingly, girls schools are bastions of gender equality, filled with strong female teachers, and fair-minded, supportive male teachers, who treat each girl equally. Being surrounded by such strong figures at a time when your daughter’s gender identity is starting to be formed will help to guide her on the path to becoming a respectful and respected member of society.
Better self-confidence, now and in adulthood
It is well known that attending an all-girls school significantly reduces the likelihood of your daughter having an unwanted teenage pregnancy. The reasons for this, however, can also help improve your daughter’s self-image and self-worth, now and in the future.
Higher academic achievement
There is a host of studies which show the benefits of same-sex schools when it comes to academic achievement, but the one I put most stock into is from the University of Pennsylvania. The study showed that children who attended single-sex schools have much better academic outcomes at high school and are more likely to successfully complete a four-year college degree than their counterparts in schools. This study highlights that single-sex education is not only better for your daughter now, but it can help her achieve more in the future too.
Studies have shown that, unlike their children who attend co-ed schools, girls who attend single-sex schools do not make romantic decisions based on peer pressure or social standing, as their friendship and support networks remain separate from those of her romantic partner. This encourages young women to have more confidence and self-respect in dealing with romantic partners, as they are not at risk of social exclusion if they do not submit to peer pressure.