Why Boys' Education?
"Boys need teachers who listen to them, respond to them, and connect with them. They must have teachers who believe in their essential goodness and capacity to learn"
At CBHS Lewisham, we specialise in boys' education. Our boys are free of the gender biases and limitations that can be present in the co-educational environment. They have access to a range of opportunities and experiences and are encouraged to participate based on their interest, skill and passion for the opportunities. So why choose CBHS Lewisham?
1. Boys learn differently to girls.
There is now a recognised body of research which sustains that boys do learn differently to girls. Teachers in a boys' school understand how a boy learns. Boys are not good at engaging for lengthy periods. Boys are 'movers and doers’ – rather than 'sitters and listeners'. Boys need activity, competition, humour, a sense of ownership, time-constraints, scaffolds, longer playtimes, hands-on activities, clear boundaries and expectations. Boys need good role models and a literacy specific focus. They require clear instructions and less teacher-talk time. They love learning using technology.
2. The focus is entirely on boys.
When you don't have to plan curriculum, lessons and events to include both sexes, you can focus on boys' needs exclusively. Young men enjoy different kinds of activities than girls do. They grow at a different pace than girls do. A boys' school allows a boy to remain a boy for as long as he wants and needs to.
3. The social pressures are much less stressful.
Boys mature later than girls do. Learning how to cope with and relate to girls on a daily basis in a coeducational setting causes added stress in those early adolescent years. That's exactly the time a boys' school is able to jump in and build confidence without the social distractions inherent in a mixed setting.
4. Boys become comfortable with non-traditional subjects and activities.
In a co-educational high school boys often shy away from joining activities such as choir and orchestra. To do so would make be considered unmasculine. In a boys' school you can't have a choir or an orchestra unless you and your classmates pitch in and make it happen. Breaking down the stereotypes society has imposed on what are considered proper activities for boys is one of the many things boys' schools do very well.
5. Boys learn that there are many routes to manhood.
Again, the traditional stereotypes can be dismantled and replaced by a more thoughtful approach to maturation. Not every boy can be a star athlete or a Math whiz. Competition is fine and to be encouraged. Boys at CBHS Lewisham boys learn that nurturing right relationships, forming strong bonds of friendship, teamwork and social interaction are what matter most in later life.
What about interaction with girls? That is indeed a very important part of any boys' school's social calendar. CBHS Lewisham has established relationship with a nearby girls' schools. A range of supervised activities such as dances and book clubs, gives both the boys and girls ample opportunity to enjoy each other's company. This works to their mutual benefit.
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