Thursday, December 6, 2012
How Often Do We Agree With the ACLU?
The lawsuit claims that segregated classrooms constitute gender discrimination. The suit, filed on behalf of a mother of three female students, contends that the school lights its classrooms more brightly for boys and allows boys more freedom to move around freely. Amy Katz, an attorney working with the ACLU, apparently thinks its classic discrimination. But Leonard Sax, a psychologist, physician, and author of three books on kids and education, including Why Gender Matters disagrees. Sax argues that same-sex classes help students shed inhibitions and stereotypes. Sax shared his theories with teachers at Van Devender in 2009. The next year they apparently incorporated some of his ideas into practice.
Is Sax right about same sex classrooms? Perhaps the wisdom of our legal system will soon provide an answer.