What is co-Education?
Co-Education means the teaching of both boys and girls in the same school and under the same roof. It also means imparting the same education to both the sexes without any distinction. This system of education aims at bringing boys and girls together. It allows free mixing of sexes without any inhibition.
The great Greek philosopher, Plato had propagated the system of co-education in the ancient times. He believed that co-education will create a feeling of comradeship between boys and girls. Plato was a great supporter of the education of women. Therefore, he wanted them to be educated with men in the same institutions. He felt that if men and women are taught together, it will develop their personality to the maximum. They will not feel any shyness from each other. He advocated that it was the only method in which both could become useful members of the society.
Plato in reality was much influenced by the co-educational system of Sparta, a city of Greece. There the boys and girls were given both the academic and physical education together. The girls and boys studied and played together. They were both taught the art of fighting, horse riding, archery etc. Thus the women of Sparta were not in any inferior to men.
In ancient India also, there was no segregation between boys and girls in the Aryan society. In the modern times, co-educational system is prevalent in Europe and USA. In India also, now-a-days more and more co-educational schools and colleges are being established.
Advantages of Co-Education
There are many advantages and hardly any disadvantages in the co-educational system of education. The first advantage is that if boys and girls are taught together, there will not be any need for opening separate schools for boys and girls. Co-education is an economical system, because both boys and girls can study in same schools and they can be taught by the same staff.
Secondly, boys and girls have to live together in the society in their later lives and if they are taught together from the very beginning, they can understand each other well. The girls will not feel shy in the presence of boys. The boys will also not tease the girls.
Again if they are taught together, it will create a sense of healthy competition among them. In this manner, they will work hard and pay serious attention to their studies. A feeling of comradeship will also develop between the boys and girls. The boys will not indulge in in eve-teasing and the girls will bot be afraid of boys. Thus they will have a balanced development of their personality.
It is also a common experience that the boys behave decently in the company of girls. They do not use rough and abusive language in the presence of girls. They also dress properly and talk mannerly. Similarly, the girls will also lose their fear of the boys if they are taught with them. On the other hand if boys and girls are taught in separate schools, boys misbehave with the girls. they boys always have a curiosity to know about them. But when they study together, their curiosity is satisfied and they do not consider girls as strange creatures.
Thus if co-education is introduced, there will be no problem of discipline among the students. In the western countries, there is no separation between boys and girls in the schools.
Dis-advantages of Co-Education
Of course certain conservative people criticize the system of co-education. According to them, this system is against our tradition. They also fear that co-education will develop immoral relationships between boys and girls. They believe that in this system both the boys and girls will be spoilt. But these arguments do not hold much water.
The fact is that there are so many advantages of co-education when boys and girls have to live later on as husband and wife, there is no need of separating them in schools. Rather it will give them the opportunity to come close to each other and understand each other fully. We should not believe in the morality of the medieval ages. The world is changing fast today and women are being given an equal status with men in the society. Let us, therefore accept the changing order and open more and more co-educational institutions in future and say good bye to separate institutions.
|Author: Radha Muralidhar 07 Aug 2010||Member Level: Gold Points : 2|
Co-education in schools and colleges give the boys and girls a good
chance for interaction. Nowadays, most families have only one child, either a boy or a girl. When the child doesn't have any sibling it won't be knowing about the behavior of the other gender.
Studying in a co-ed school helps the child to understand the opposite sex and adjust with them.
Further, when they grow up they need to work in an environment wherein they have to interact with males as well as females. In such a situation, they may not feel out of place if they would have studied in co-ed schools right from their childhood.
|Author: Syed Arif 07 Aug 2010||Member Level: Gold Points : 2|
It is a very good views and descriptions on advantages and disadvantages of co-education. But I personnel experienced that the opposite sex friends is very much essential to understand the real life, to share the problems and happiness of life.
Really it is very good articles Santosh
|Author: Ashish Kumar 08 Aug 2010||Member Level: Diamond Points : 2|
|Apart from the reasons stated above already, co- ed brings about, is in sobering the boy's rash and errant behavior.When there is the presence of fair sexes, the atmosphere remains at its soberest and the coolest best.|
Even corporate world is applying the policy of employing more and more womens giving them incentives to keep their work places cool.
|Guest Author: yamini agarwal 06 Dec 2011|
|importance of co- education is that children studying in a co-education school learn how to speak in-front of every one just by sending child to the all girls or all boys school we cannot minimize the contact between them . as i sad that there should be co-education because when the child study in co-education he / she will get confident day by day and will be able to speak everywhere .he / she will be able to overcome wrong things by saying it wrong on the other side child studying in all boys school or all girl school will not be able to say it wrong in-front of everyone and when the child will give exact answer to their opposite ones they will feel relax and will be start being confident . A girl or a boy studying in a co- education will have more and more friends as compared to those , those who are studying in non co-education school and also dare to give back the reply to their deffinder|
|Guest Author: Kamsin Notay 21 Jan 2013|
I think that co-education is the best way to make someone educate. It not only educate a person but also vanishes the distance between boys and girls which is really necessary. Girls and boys do not feel shy later if they had taken co-education and this will help to improve their confidence.
|Guest Author: Manav joshi 28 May 2013|
|Co education was good we share our fellings to both boys amd girls.|
|Guest Author: rahul raj 30 Jun 2014|
Co-education is the good way of teaching, without the co-education we can't learn any thing. Nowadays the main life start from here and that is good thing according to my opinion because the girls and boys understand their who is better for my life.
|Guest Author: Shivani Thakkar 16 Sep 2014|
|Co-education is very important because it will help you to face the world in future without any fear.|
|Guest Author: Uday 08 Oct 2014|
|I think co education is most important in our life. In co-education we can work in a group. When boys and girls work in|
a group they can work in a good manner. They both can express their ideas and can read in a good manner.
|Guest Author: Vijaya.M 15 Nov 2014|
|It is a very good article Santhosh. All the parents should read and send their children to co education school.|