Sunday, June 25, 2006

Same-Sex Schools


All the rage among some in Michigan who know (and perhaps also care) nothing about education, but nonetheless control the state legislature? Same-sex schools. Meanwhile, what do studies suggest?
Teaching girls in single-sex schools, long an obsession of many parents worried about their daughters being distracted by boys, makes no difference to their educational attainment according to one of the most comprehensive studies of the way children learn.
Go figure.

3 comments:

  1. It is also, of course, interesting to note that parents who are inclined to favor same-sex schools for their daughters nonetheless want their sons to attend mixed-gender schools.

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  2. It seems like the last time this idea was big in Michigan it was "boys" schools that were the rage and that they were especially popular in Detroit. Did that fizzle out and this is an attempted restart, or did they actually establish the Malcom X Accademy and the other all boy schools that they were pushing for in the nineties?

    CWD

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  3. (after a little more research) . . . apparently they did start out, and then lost a court fight to keep it all one gender, so they settled on mostly one gender and . . . well, I’ll just let you read the post from their website.

    “Malcolm X Academy was founded as an African-centered program committed to the goals of providing “a quality education by any means necessary”. African-Centered Education in the Detroit Public Schools is based upon the belief that all humans have their physical, social and intellectual origins in Africa. The child is placed and grounded at “this center” and through an inclusionary process all representative group are not placed above or below any group, but alongside the rest of humanity as events and truth dictate below any group.”

    CWD

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