5 reasons why an all boys school may be a smart choice for your child :: WRAL.com


This article was written for our sponsor, Hargrave Military Academy.

At a time in American history not so long agosingle-sex schooling was the norm.

While this is no longer the usual state of affairs in public school classrooms or even most private schools for that matter, that does not mean that the reasons these institutions practiced gender segregation are any less valid. today than they were then.


Even in schools where gender is mainstreamed, boys and girls form social groups predominantly composed of their own sex. College dances and lunch tables show this clearly.

Hargrave cadets and school administrators report that an all-male environment involving shared experiences of the same physically and academically rigorous days creates strong bonds. These connections often last a lifetime, as graduates stay in touch for years.

“I chose Hargrave because it was different. I visited three other high schools, including one in my hometown, two other boarding schools in Virginia. I had football opportunities at my local high school and a boarding school, but I shot them coming to Hargrave,” said Chad Demarest, an 11th grade cadet at Hargrave Military Academy. “The cadet community and their actions, no matter the situation, showed a family. “

He added: “It amazed me when someone fell behind in their grades or got injured in a game. I wanted that sense of family and the feeling of having a whole team behind me. to help me in any way possible.”

Learning differences

Researchers on brain scans of boys and girls, like Leonard Sax and Michael Gurianhighlight important developmental differences that affect how they learn.

Boys have much less oxytocin and serotonin, which causes more restlessness. Additionally, scans reveal that girls’ brains devote more cerebral cortex functioning to attention and memory, while boys have increased brain activity around spatial and mechanical functioning. This makes boys more likely to thrive where movement and imagery are used rather than quiet attention to detail.

Programs that enroll only one gender may focus on tailoring their courses to the learning styles of that gender.

“We know how to teach boys,” said Dr Jim Tung, dean of Hargrave Military Academy.

Fewer distractions

In single-sex schools like boys’ military academies, their juniors are of middle school and high school age. At this age, hormones are released that are difficult for the child to control. Administrators and teachers at Hargrave note that the boys achieve more sustained concentration in this environment. More attention is then freed up which can be directed to the task at hand.

Fewer fights

Whether verbal or physical, one of the most common causes of aggression in young men is competition. According to developmental psychologists, Dr. Michael Thompsoncompetition between males is a healthy and normal biological reality.

Competition between friends, however, is one of the most common sources of conflict in nature and can regularly lead to violence. The mating season is often the peak violence between men in the animal kingdom as this competition intensifies. All boys’ schools are a means that society has developed to prevent this source of competition from degenerating into violence.

Freedom to be yourself

“When boys are freed to notice and try to impress girls, something surprising happens,” Tung said. “Boys become more adventurous and curious about their personal interests.”

A carefree social dynamic emerges where the boys pursue things they might have been embarrassed to investigate. Art, music, wood carving, choir or many other activities are available to you.

This article was written for our sponsor, Hargrave Military Academy.


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