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Separate Gender Education

Separate Gender Education

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April 30, 2006

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Visitor Comments: 11

(11) Anonymous, April 2, 2007 12:25 PM

I disagree because all situations need to be presented.

Rabbi, I teach in a vocational high school that is mostly male. We have a female oriented counterpart where I live, too. However, the students in my school are not distracted by the opposite gender and they are still mostly in the lower fifty per cent of their respective classes. While I will agree with you that teens are distracted by their opposites, they are in school for an education, ultimately. If education is valued at home, any distractions may be sidebars. If education as the key for success is not valued at home, as it becomes more apparant in my world with my teens, then we are talking about something very different. Also, a lot of the girls yeshivat where I live teach them a watered down curriculum than the boys for whatever reason.

Chag Sameach,

(10) Sally Hardy, August 6, 2006 12:00 AM

Separate Gender Education

Thank you for your story on single sex education. Most private schools in Australia are single sex education. Both my brother and I went to single sex schools. My preferred type of education is a home environment, in which our children (both boys and girls) learn how to function in a family and see their roles reflected in Mum and Dad's roles. However, if this were impossible, a single sex education would be a good choice.

(9) Anonymous, May 11, 2006 12:00 AM

Rabbi. You are a genius

That´s it.

(8) Margarita, May 11, 2006 12:00 AM

Your responce

It would be great if after we all left our comments on your article you wouold be able to take couple of minutes and answer to question we had. You are very interesting and very compassionate speaker, if you would please give us the responce in next week like a little article format what do you think about us (especially when we are disagreeing with you).
Kind regards, with the hope to hear your views even more often than just once a week,

(7) Michal, May 8, 2006 12:00 AM

Your are absolutely right

Dear Rabbi Salomon,
I always like to listen to what you say. You are so "up to the point" and
really always give us "something to think about".
This time, with the different Gender classes they found out in Bavaria too.
Here the Catholics are more religious than anywhere else in Germany and the all the time kept beside mixed schools especially those for girls only. And the outcome was very good.
I have been teaching too. When you look for instance at a 7th Grade, the difference in behaviour between girls and boys make your "hair stand up" when you teach them. The girls start to be young ladies, grown up already, the boys behave like kindergarten kids.
All the time showing off, wanting to make impression on the girls, who at that age look down on them and it needs all the strength of a teacher to have them learn the same things, which they have to learn. You always are trying to seperate them anyhow. I never was never was very successfull,
when I was not very strict.
Now everywere they start saying things
you told us. The nearly use the same explanations as you do.
(By the way you gave me a new thinking on the "mechitza". As a ger, I hade never seen such a thing until last year. I nearly got out of my mind, felt very degraded as a woman and just
found it "archaic" and totally out of the time. Now I have something to think about. Maybe in the end it turns out that our Sages were right also???

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