Three Benefits of Single-Gender Education
Discovery Ranch for Girls (DRG) provides a safe place for troubled teenage girls to find ways to overcome their challenges. Part of that nurturing environment is that it is an all-girls school. Here are three reasons why being an all-girls school is an asset.
1. Girls lead and succeed.
Young women fill all the leadership roles. Girls watch other young women being leaders, speakers, athletes, and performers. Young women at all-girls schools never need to look far to find a mentor or inspiration. They have the opportunity to experience risk-taking in a supportive environment. This environment fosters a can-do attitude because girls see that other young women can and do succeed in anything they aspire to do.
Students at DRG are not just being sheltered. Instead, they are being given an opportunity to try on various roles in a safe environment. Because of their experiences at DRG, students will have the confidence they need to “lean in”, making them better prepared to compete in the outside world.
2. Girls can focus on learning.
When boys are taken out of the classroom, girls are more comfortable openly displaying their intellect and curiosity. Rather than focusing on how they look or who they are dating, the focus of the school day is where it should be, on learning.
At DRG, young women who are at therapeutically appropriate levels have the chance to interact with boys during supervised activities. They have the opportunity to practice socially appropriate behaviors. However, on a day-to-day basis, girls can go to class without worrying about how they look. They can also focus on interests beyond comparing who they and the other girls are dating.
3. Teachers teach the way girls learn.
Girls don’t always experience the world in the same way that boys do. They learn differently, particularly concerning math and science. The teachers at all-girls schools are focused on methodologies which succeed in teaching girls.
In addition, the small class sizes at DRG allows teachers to focus on students as individuals. Teachers have the chance to focus on the individual girl’s strengths and weakness. That lets teachers help girls develop their personal strengths while filling any educational gaps.
For more information, we recommend the following books:
- The Minds of Girls by Michael Gurian,
- Boys and Girls Learn Differently by Michael Gurian,
- All Girls, Single-Sex Education and Why it Matters by Karen Stabiner,
- Why Gender Matters by Leonard Sax, and,
- Girls on the Edge by Leonard Sax.