Re: Legality of single-sex education

Roger Crabtree (
Mon, 16 Mar 1998 21:04:16 -0800

I teach middle-school physical education to classes made up of males and
females. As we prepare to schedule students for next year's classes, I
am again struggling with the gender make-up of my classes. It is very
difficult to allow for equal success and participation when a class is
overwhelmingly made up of stong-willed and strong bodied males. An
earlier comment, "to call in the National Guard" if necessary to make
educational gender equity work made me smile as it is near the truth.
I am in the trenches here and requesting back-up...please suggest
books, summer conferences, inspiring kicks in the pants, or any other
ammo. Please spare me long philosophical or legal debates - give me the
short and dirty version of gender equity in PE as that is all I have
time to digest.
"Roger Crabtree" <>

Tim Flinders wrote:
> Linda: I think the single sex academy experiment should be allowed to
> continue without court challenges so that we can study them and find out
> just what effect they do have. If they turn out to benefit both genders,
> than I think the single-sex option should be allowed within the public
> school setting in ways that do not violate Title IX.
> I am not so sure that I share the AAUW's concerns (and I am an AAUW
> member) that single sex education would result in the disproportionate
> allocation of resources towards the all-male schools that was true in the
> pre-Title IX era. These schools would be under a level scrutiny (from both
> the public and the state) that simply didn't exist in those days.
> I'd also like the debate on single-gender schools to shift from the
> all-or-nothing concerns that characterize the current discussion, to
> looking at ways within our current mixed-gender system for creating
> opportunities (daily, weekly, occaisionally at least) when boys and girls
> can be in single-sex settings. Having taught gifted elementary students for
> twenty years, and once or twice (by serendipity) under single gender
> circumstances, I believe strongly that there are defininte advantages for
> both boys and girls to be with their own gender, at least part of the time.
> I wish there were easier ways to accomodate this, short of total
> educational reform.
> As an educator, I continue to work within the traditional educational
> setting for equity reforms. But were I the parent of a daughter, and had
> the wherewithal, I'm not sure I'd send her to a public mixed gender school.
> For whatever reasons (I haven't looked carefully yet at the recent AAUW
> report), women from all-girls schools achieve higher and find their way
> more readily into positions of influence and authority, than their
> mixed-gender counterparts. Were I a parent of a daughter, at this point in
> time anyway, I'd be looking (regrettably) for a good all-girls school.
> Tim Flinders <>

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