Girls-Only Is OK Single-Sex Schools Are a Form of Diversity

By Rueter, Ted | The Christian Science Monitor, October 23, 1997 | Go to article overview

Girls-Only Is OK Single-Sex Schools Are a Form of Diversity


Rueter, Ted, The Christian Science Monitor


The ACLU is at it again. The organization that opposes school uniforms, obstructs teen curfews, fights metal detectors at airports, and challenges restrictions on child pornography is now turning its legal firepower against single-sex public schools.

Last fall, the Young Women's Leadership School opened in East Harlem, NY. It has 165 students in the seventh, eighth, and ninth grades. School officials plan to expand it to the 12th grade by adding a grade each year. The school is intended to emphasize math and science and allow young girls to attend school in an environment free of sexual pressures. It is one of three all-girl public schools in the country.

As soon as the proposal for the East Harlem school was announced, Norman Siegel, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, wrote to the chancellor demanding that the school not open. He was joined by the New York chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and the New York Civil Rights Coalition. Now the federal government is getting involved. Investigators from the US Department of Education's office of civil rights will soon be meeting with New York City Board of Education officials to discuss gender discrimination at the school. The opposition of civil rights groups to single-sex education is unfortunate. There is a strong case for single-sex schools. Numerous studies indicate that a single-sex environment is conducive to higher levels of learning and achievement. One study found that women attending a women's college were more likely to earn degrees than their peers at coeducatonal institutions. A report by the American Association of University Women argued that "boys are rewarded for aggressive behavior and girls become spectators at learning." For many female adolescents at coeducational schools, self-esteem plummets, as does interest in science and math. And then there's the prevalence of sexual harassment, especially in junior high. The ACLU's answer to gender bias in the classroom is to remake society. "Rather than excluding boys from the classrooms, the school board should train and monitor teachers to assure that all girls and boys are treated equally. The focus should be on substantially improving the integrated model and not on institutionalizing a segregated model," says Siegel, of the New York ACLU. This shows a woeful ignorance of classroom dynamics. I've seen the matter up close. …

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