Alan Whelan is absolutely right when he says that research in England has consistently shown “that girls do best overall in single-sex schools and boys do best in mixed schools” (Irish Independent, Letters, 26 April).
However, academic achievement is only one measure of success.
For obvious reasons, family breakdown, domestic violence and purely self-serving activities are unlikely to be measured in these surveys.
As a wise man once remarked, one of the biggest mistakes we make in life is assuming that it should always be done this way because it has always been done a certain way.
Tom McElligott, Listowel, Co. Kerry
The purely male upbringing made me curious about the opposite sex
I read with great interest Dearbhla Crosse’s comment: “If we really want to fight sexism in all its forms, same-sex schools will be a thing of the past” (Irish IndependentApril 23).
First of all, I realize that Dearbhla is much younger than me and her experience at an all girls boarding school in general would have been much happier and far removed from mine at an all boys boarding school in the 1960’s. But as Dearbhla writes, “Separating girls and boys is not only unrealistic, it creates a powder puff version of the world.”
As I left my all boys boarding school, I wondered who these various wonderful creatures were out there and if there was any hope of interacting with them.
Brian McDevitt, Glenties, Co Donegal
Greens own goals with disorganized planning
As an eco-green, it strikes me that the greens and the councils are scoring own goals to beat the band.
City councils rely on corporate interest to fund their operations, but when the businesses run out, where do they turn to?
In their eagerness to be bike-friendly in the capital, they have caused so much pollution through days of traffic jams in areas such as Capel Street, Kill Lane in Foxrock, Dublin Quays and Dún Laoghaire that people have given up visiting those areas.
“Use public transport,” say the zealots, but public transport is also knotted by bike lanes. In the years to come we may get people who know how to plan transport and business, but current planners, I think, are undermining cities with their ill-conceived plans.
Brendan Lynch, Bray, Co. Wicklow
Speed cameras are welcome, but the country needs more
I may be in the minority but I welcome the new average speed cameras that have been installed in Tipperary and are being rolled out across the country.
May I suggest that the M50 motorway and the section of the M1 between Dublin Airport and the Harbor Tunnel be considered as the next sections? May I also suggest that motorway bridges periodically display a message that the 80/100/120 km/h signs are a limit, not a destination?
Paul Kennedy, Dublin
If only we had assumed the same urgency in building housing
It’s amazing the urgency our government has taken in finding housing Ukraine Refugees.
I have absolutely no problem with it. It is a pity, however, that the same urgency was not previously embraced in tackling the housing crisis.
Tom Mitchell, Loughrea, County Galway
Perfect swan song to sum up Johnson’s legacy of lies
I would like to propose an appropriate political epitaph for the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson when its time has come: “It’s my party and I’ll lie if I want to.”
Leo Gormley, Dundalk, Co Louth
Fawning in front of Putin will not work, so we must oppose him
Everything Robert Sullivan and Eoin Clancy want (Irish IndependentLetters, April 25) is a must for us in the European Union Wladimir Putin and implore him to withdraw from Ukraine and do no more harm there.
The chances of us being successful with such requests are pretty slim.
Leaving Ukraine to the devastation of Putin is not a good option, so we in the EU must stand against him and the consequences of his war.
Anthony Leavy, Sutton, Dublin 13
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/letters/its-all-academic-not-when-it-comes-to-life-in-its-entirety-41590998.html It’s all academic? Not when it comes to life in its entirety