IELTS General Writing Task 2 — Practice Draft

Some people think that it is better to educate boys and girls in separate schools. Others, however, believe that boys and girls benefit more from attending mixed schools. Discuss both these views and give your opinion.

A Discussion and Opinion Essay
with a Funnel Approach Introduction

Few would deny that education has become a precursor to a prosperous and egalitarian society. And yet, progress seen in many schools across the world seems far lower than expected and rarely do students display satisfactory performance. To segregate students in single-sex schools has been raised as a possible approach to boosting the quality of education.

Advocates of this point of view contend that mixed schools are a source of distractions for most students. This belief seemingly stems from a certain concern about how the interaction between boys and girls, especially albeit not exclusively adolescents, might compromise their school lives. That is, instead of focusing on their lessons, students tend to be distracted by the opposite gender, they say. In turn, their grades are negatively affected, eventually becoming a burden to be carried for their entire lives.

Such presumptions, however, could not be further from the truth. In fact, some evidence would precisely suggest the opposite; in many cases, single-sex environments appear to foster a competitive spirit among students, negatively influencing their grades as a result. What is more, by allowing a healthy interaction with the opposite gender, mixed schools end up acting as a kind of preparation for adulthood, playing a pivotal role in children’s understanding of the world.

Hence, that this is a complex issue with varying perspectives and an unclear outcome is evident. Yet, it is clear to me that mixed schools bring about benefits to both boys and girls, not only academically but also socially. That said, I feel that we should favour ideas that provide a healthy and diverse environment whilst improving education.