I have enjoyed the opportunity to be a part of this conversation the past
weeks. As already shared by a number of us, it is more than ironic that
Title IX is facing its most significant challenges as we celebrate the 30th
anniversary. Despite the many examples we have shared that show the law is
working, we have also noted the areas that demand its legislative integrity
and enforcement more than ever before.
It will require our vigilance and willingness to resist the challenges to
assure this happens. In athletics, this means the questioning of faulty
assumptions about the Title IX's negative effects on opportunities for boys
and young men. Unfortunately, the ongoing debate about the proportionality
rule is forever absent any substantive discussion of where football fits
the mix. I know for a fact that if a fraction of what some schools spend
football were reapportioned, we would not be seeing the elimination of
athletic teams at the current rate. However, as long as football rules and
remains off limits because of the revenue it brings athletic budgets, it
not be part of the equation or conversation and women's athletics and Title
IX will be the easy target for blame.
On the issue of single sex educational settings, I cannot imagine the
parallel of Civil Rights laws being made flexible to allow for the kind of
separation that is being proposed. Further, the research being cited is
anything but conclusive and that includes the presumptions about
essential gender differences. Make no mistake, boys and girls in our
classrooms and schools are raising concerns and demonstrating educational
needs in different areas, but we have no evidence that separate classes are
the solution. At the same time we have ample evidence of pedagogies in
coeducational settings that effectively deal all students into the mix with
strong individual results.
Gender equity advocacy is larger than Title IX, but if we are going to
effectively meet the needs of our daughters and sons, we will need it in
supporting those efforts. I look forward to the ongoing conversation about
our work on EDEQUITY.
Thanks for the opportunity to be a part of this important discussion.
Craig P. Flood
P.O. Box 2174
Ballston Spa, NY 12020
"Caring schools are safe schools."
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