The Push for Same-Sex Schooling. (Government Spotlight: Education Information from Schools, Business, Research and Professional Organizations)
Angelo, Jean Marie, District Administration
Would boys focus more on schoolwork without the distraction of girls in their class? Would girls be more assertive in school without worrying about competing with boys? The U.S. Department of Education is willing to give the idea a try.
Its latest initiative to improve U.S. education is same-sex schooling. The hope is that by separating girls from boys, the focus will be more on academics and less on socializing.
The DOE wants the laws--now restrictive on separating girls from boys in public education--to be more lenient, according to a proposal it filed with the Federal Registry. The proposal is the follow-up to a $3 million appropriation written into the No Child Left Behind Act under "innovative programs."
U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige acknowledges that Title IX will have to be reinterpreted for same-sex education to become mainstream. Title IX, which became law 30 years ago, calls for equal treatment of girls and boys in public education.
Currently, Title IX generally allows public schools to separate the sexes for classes such as sex ed and gym. Boys and girls can even be separated for vocal instruction, notes Denise Cardinal, a senior press officer with the National Education Association.
There are only 11 public schools in the U.S. that separate the sexes. Several of them have been financed by Brighter Choice Foundation, a nonprofit that also helps same-sex schools work around the legal challenges in Title IX. …