Single-Sex Education

aka Sex-Segregated Schools
The Lasting Impacts of Single-Sex Education

The Lasting Impacts of Single-Sex Education

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 2:08pm
As a visiting student at Barnard College years ago, I attended the transfer students’ orientation where each student was asked to explain why she had chosen Barnard.  I’ll never forget one woman’s response: Well, I went to an all-girls elementary school and an all-girls middle school and an all-girls high school, and when I got to my co-ed college, I didn’t know how to function around the boys, so I decided to transfer to Barnard.  Well, that’s one solution.  I think I laughed at the time.
Treating School Kids Differently Based on Sex = Discrimination

Treating School Kids Differently Based on Sex = Discrimination

By Galen Sherwin, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 1:08pm

It should be a foregone conclusion that treating boys and girls differently in school is sex discrimination. Except in many schools across the country that isn't the case. Hopefully that's about to change.

A guidance document issued Monday…

Sometimes It Only Takes An Hour to Get the Picture: This Single-Sex Program Won't Fly

Sometimes It Only Takes An Hour to Get the Picture: This Single-Sex Program Won't Fly

By Amy L. Katz, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 2:37pm

Sometimes all it takes is a letter and an hour to do the right thing.

After the ACLU learned late last week about a plan to assign ninth-grade students at Lawrence Free State High School in Kansas to different classrooms based on their sex,…

Teach Kids Not Stereotypes

Teach Kids Not Stereotypes

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 10:23am

Today, we are sending demand letters to school districts in Florida, Maine, Virginia, West Virginia, Mississippi, and Alabama insisting that they take steps to end single-sex programs that rely on and promote archaic and harmful sex stereotypes, and…

A Win for Transgender Students You May Have Missed

A Win for Transgender Students You May Have Missed

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:17pm

This piece originally appeared in Slate on Dec. 3, 2014.

On Monday, the Department of Education released a long-awaited, much-needed guidance for elementary and secondary schools that offer or want to offer single-sex classes.

Included…

"Busy Boys, Little Ladies" - Wait, What Decade Are We In Again?

"Busy Boys, Little Ladies" - Wait, What Decade Are We In Again?

By Galen Sherwin, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 3:36pm

Rick Scott, the Governor of Florida, signed legislation earlier this week that would provide professional development for teachers in "single-gender" classrooms.

This may sound innocuous — Who doesn't want better-trained teachers?

But…

Alabama: Another Unlawful Single-Sex Program Goes Co-Ed

Alabama: Another Unlawful Single-Sex Program Goes Co-Ed

By Amy L. Katz, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 11:11am

A Birmingham, AL public middle school has agreed to abandon unlawful single-sex classes as the result of ACLU action that led to an investigation by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights (OCR), the federal agency charged with enforcing…

The Young Women Who Taught Lane Tech a Lesson

The Young Women Who Taught Lane Tech a Lesson

In defiance of its male students, Chicago's Lane Technical High School decided to admit girls in 1971. The author was among the first class of freshman girls to enter that fall.

Experimenting with Sex Segregation in the Classroom? Not with My Girls

By Jane Doe at 4:39pm

Yesterday, the ACLU settled a lawsuit challenging sex segregation of a public middle school in Kaplan, Louisiana. Facing a wave of recent victories in the litigation, the School Board agreed to stop all sex segregation across the entire school…

Don't Segregate Boys and Girls in Classrooms

Don't Segregate Boys and Girls in Classrooms

By Michael Kimmel, Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies, Stony Brook University at 11:35am

Is your daughter a tomboy? Your son not especially into football? Does your daughter excel at math...

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