Just girly things: Education

esPRESSo Staff Editorial

Whether they want to be radiologists, real-estate agents or receptionists, girls need to know — not just think, but really know, deep down — that nothing can stand in their way. All-girls’ schools send that message to young women every day.

Girls’ schools are a place where girls take center stage—and we think that’s just where they belong.

Some parents — and educators — think that all-girls’ schools create a falsely safe space, removing a girl from the influences of the opposite sex.

This unrealistic environment, they contend, may render her ill-prepared for co-ed life.

We disagree. Her world will continue to include boys and men — in extracurriculars, at home, on weekends and holidays. And, finding her voice, collaborating on projects and excelling in academics will prepare her for a purposeful life.

In a single-sex school, a girl can comprehend her value and her capabilities in ways that have nothing to do with how she looks or whom she dates.

She can be free to experiment and explore, trying out new things and trying on new roles.screen-shot-2017-02-09-at-12-29-12-pm

By subtracting boys, an all-girls’ education adds opportunities. At a girls’ school, a girl occupies every role: every club leader, every seat on the student government, every top-scorer on every exam and every position on every team.

Stereotypes are done away with — a girl can be a cheerleader and president of the science club.

Not only does she have a wealth of avenues for self-exploration and development, she has a wealth of peer role models.

A lot of times, we see society trying to pit girls against each other. At an all-girls’ school, there is an emphasis on working with other girls and forming relationships rather than competing against other girls.

Everyone truly wants everyone else to succeed and reach their full potential.

When you combine strong female mentors and positive role models, reduced sex stereotyping in curriculum and classroom, and abundant learning opportunities, the results are clear.

Simply put, all-girls’ schools teach young women that there is enormous potential and power in being a girl.

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