Could this be the end of sex segregation in Public Schools? Probably not…

June 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has recently produced the “Teach Kids, Not Stereotypes Campaign” which is asking for the end of unproductive and unlawful sex segregated programs in public schools. “This campaign adds to an earlier campaign that strives to ‘Rescind the Bush Administration 2006 Regulation Weakening prohibitions Against Sex Discrimination in Education’. The new ACLU campaign identifies sex discrimination in some of the over 1,000 public-schools with single-sex classes in all but four states identified by a forthcoming Feminist Majority Foundation study of the ‘State of Public School Sex Segregation in the United States’” (Feminist Daily News). The ACLU is against these segregated classes because they believe they are based off of the false ‘knowledge’ that boys and girls learn differently and thus need to be taught differently in classes that are separated by their sex.  The Campaign says that “This results in unlawful sex stereotyping that limits opportunities for both girls and boys. For example, advocates of single-sex public education such as Leonard Sax who created the National Association for Single Sex Public Education, say that boys who enjoy reading cannot enjoy participating in sports, and that girls do not perform well under pressure and thus should be taught in a relaxed, non-competitive atmosphere. Despite such non-factual claims, many proponents of single-sex education advise teachers to use these pseudoscience ideas to guide their different instruction of girls and boys. See Single-Sex Education Deemed Ineffective by ACCES Researchers.”

However, since there has been no rigorous scientific evidence which shows that the segregation of boys and girls in more effective than coeducation in improving the outcome of students the “Teach Kids, Not Stereotypes Campaign’s” demand that schools in certain states implement the single-sex education “violates the non-discrimination provisions in Title IX, and the U.S. Constitution” (Feminist Daily News).

For more information check out the links below!

Feminist Daily News. “New Campaign Against Sex Segregation in Public Schools.” Feminist Daily News. Feminist Majority Foundation, 04 June 2012. Web. 05 June 2012. http://www.feminist.org/news/newsbyte/uswirestory.asp?id=13689.

Holthouse, David. “Gender Segregation: Separate But Effective?” Teaching Tolerance. The Southern Poverty Law Center, Spring 2010. Web. 05 June 2012.     http://www.tolerance.org/magazine/number-37-spring-2010/gender-segregation-separate-effective.

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