May 20, 2008

Segregate By Sex?

While the whole "Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better" thing is always entertaining, splitting up boys and girls for educational purposes doesn't work. I was kind of on the fence about this one for a while but this essay, "Teaching Boys and Girls Separately" made me think it through and I had to come down against the idea. It's a long essay, but worth the read.

Today, there is more evidence to bolster the idea that there is no real good reason to do this. This article, "Girls' Gains Have Not Cost Boys" reveals some recent research into the issue. (This one is short). The findings reiterate that poverty is the only true gap.

The ACLU is on the right side of this issue (as usual). From their blog, here's a post that sums it up well, "It's Not Choice, It's Inequality."
"Sex segregation is illegal and discriminatory, and we hope that our lawsuit results in public school districts halting these experiments and the U.S. Department of Education rescinding its 2006 regulations encouraging sex segregation in schools."