Boys Are Gross: The Benefits of Single-Gender Education

Boys Are Gross: The Benefits of Single-Gender Education

Adrienne BoettingerSaturday,2 January 2016

Go ahead and dub this #firstworldproblems but I’m coming to you today to sing of the wonders of single-gender education and tell you why alumni — particularly alumni with lady bits — need to donate more to their schools. I don’t have stats to convince you how single-gender education is better; you can find studies saying there are no benefits, some saying there are disadvantages and others saying single-gender education is the best thing since the invention of the all-you-can-drink brunch. What I do have is the passionate beliefs of a late 30-something who adored her high school and wants to see it thrive.

I attended Seton Keough High School in Baltimore and it was there I found my voice —  loud, weird and unafraid. It was there I found my best friends — the crazy cats I had misadventures with then and to this day. And those two things, my voice and my friends, are key to who I am right now and the things that will see me through to my eventual coronation as the Queen of Everything.

Unfortunately, my eventual coronation has not resulted in present-day wads of cash so I’m unable to set up a major trust for the hallowed halls of Seton Keough. And I fear that while research suggests women are more generous than men when it comes to charitable donations, men get into some sort of competition with each other to see who can give the most to a single organization, oftentimes an alma mater.

A colleague who also attended single-sex Catholic schooling said it’s one of those “whose dick is the biggest” deals where each tries to out-philanthropize the other. Men will cajole each other into donating, embarrassing the classmate who has yet to donate. This may be a gross generalization but women tend not to do that kind of stuff. We’ll encourage each other to give but we won’t out and out ask each other who gave what.

Like I said, I can’t convince you with stats. There is no control group proving a co-ed high school would have made me a wallflower, the same as I am now or maybe turned me into a grown woman who could have a relationship with a man who wasn’t totally psychotic. Maybe things would’ve turned out the same or even better had I gone to a co-ed school. All’s I know is that in my single-gender school I was unafraid to let my freak flag fly, unafraid to raise my hand, and so ready to speak out and up that my parents must have wished at least a few times that I was a little timider. Wrong or right, I credit that to the experiences I had at the all-girls high school I attended and I wouldn’t change it for anything.

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