We had a very raucous Dialogue with the Experts on single sex
education awhile back. There were a number of women who shared their
personal testimony about the benefits of single-sex education.
However, there were others on the list who wondered if factors other
than the gender of the students explained the effectiveness of their
education--smaller class sizes, higher expectations, engaging
curricula, better-trained teachers, etc. If so, they said, isn't that
what we want in all our schools, not just single-sex classes and
schools? The issue of whether such efforts should be publicly funded
was also debated pretty fiercely.
"Single-Sex Education," a recently released edition of our quarterly
journal, the "WEEA Digest," contains several articles adapted from
that EDEQUITY Dialogue including the legal framework, what is known
from research, and "frequently asked questions" addressed to the U.S.
Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights. The introductory
piece on single-sex classes was adapted from the 1998 AAUW study,
"Separated by Sex: A Critical Look at Single Sex Education for Girls."
The Digest also includes a list of resource materials and
You can download this Digest (as well as others in our collection)
from our web site at <www.edc.org/WomensEquity> or you can call our
hotline at 800-225-3088 to order print copies.
Thanks for participating in EDEQUITY.
Susan J. Smith
WEEA Equity Resource Center
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