The New Separate but Equal?
The Federal Government is voicing support for more single-sex classrooms and schools. The claim is that some studies have shown that single-sex environments lead to better academic results.
The part from the article that worries me is this (my emphasis added):
“School districts that go that route must also make coeducational schools and classes of ‘substantially equal’ quality available for members of the excluded sex.”
That sounds a whole hell of a lot like separate but equal to me. That ideology was found to be unconstitutional.
I never attended a single-sex school or class, so I have no first-hand experience with this. Do people that did feel that they were better off because of that experience? Is anyone else as nervous as I am about resurrecting ‘separate but equal’ rhetoric?