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.
Back to Coeducation in Wood County: Judge Rules School May Not Separate Students by Sex This Year

Back to Coeducation in Wood County: Judge Rules School May Not Separate Students by Sex This Year

By Amy L. Katz, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 3:56pm

The Van Devender Middle School in Wood County, West Virginia, will return to coeducation next week, thanks to the efforts of a courageous mother who refused to allow her daughters to be assigned to discriminatory single-sex classes for another year.…

Back to School Minus the Sex Stereotypes

Back to School Minus the Sex Stereotypes

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 1:33pm

Labor Day has come and gone, and the kids have gone back to school. And, fortunately, thanks, in part, to the Teach Kids, Not Stereotypes campaign, more students will be in classrooms where their teachers will get to know their individual learning…

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...

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…

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…

Single-Sex Education Will Not "Save" Minority Boys

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 1:24pm

Imagine you’re a principal confronted with these facts: according to a 2010 report, the dropout rates for Black and Latino males are well above 50 percent in most cities, and Black and Latino males are less likely than any other demographic…

What Happens When You Teach Stereotypes Instead of Kids?

What Happens When You Teach Stereotypes Instead of Kids?

By Amy L. Katz, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 6:00pm

Some school officials in West Virginia think boys and girls are so “hard-wired” to learn differently that they have implemented some major changes in their middle school: boys and girls are separated into different classrooms for all their…

Opting out of Gender Stereotypes

Opting out of Gender Stereotypes

By Noah Saenz

This week, as part of our “Teach Kids, Not Stereotypes” campaign, ACLU affiliates across the country filed administrative complaints and public records act requests seeking investigation of single-sex education programs rooted…

When Anne Frank’s Perspective Isn’t Good Enough For Your Students, It’s Time To Get A New Program

When Anne Frank’s Perspective Isn’t Good Enough For Your Students, It’s Time To Get A New Program

By Christina Brandt-Young, Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 12:54pm

Today, the ACLU Women’s Rights Project issued a preliminary report to the federal Department of Education, detailing the preliminary findings of our Teach Kids, Not Stereotypes campaign. After studying documents from single-sex classes in public…

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