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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Single-Gender Classes Allowed

An innovative public school in Louisiana found that separating students into all-boy and all-girl classes, and educating them with different approaches, improves academic performance for both boys and girls. It is a fact of human nature that the books that boys like to read are often not the same as the books girls like to read. The U.S. Constitution does not compel everyone to read the same books.

After a courageous Louisiana principal set up separate classes for boys and girls, the feminists began attacking the principal because they believe in the false dogma that there are no differences between boys and girls. The feminists demand a mindless sameness of treatment for boys and girls, and call any difference of treatment sex discrimination. though separating boys and girls into different classes and different teaching approaches can improve learning.

The Louisiana public school principal authorized different teaching strategies for boys and girls, to tailor learning toward their strengths and needs. Different books are used based on their different interests. Also, “action techniques” are used to teach boys, while for girls there is more of a quiet environment. Many parents who have observed the differences in interests and conduct between boys and girls can agree that this makes an immense amount of sense. But the ACLU sued in federal court to stop this program, insisting it somehow violates the Constitution. A federal judge denied the ACLU’s motion for a preliminary injunction against it, and the ACLU appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

On April 6th, a three-judge panel of the appellate court unanimously held against the ACLU, and affirmed the denial of the preliminary injunction. The Court ruled that it is OK to separate boys and girls for education in public school. Many public schools around the country are now doing that for some classes, and there are even public schools that are entirely all-boy or all-girl. Hopefully our nation has moved beyond the mindless equality demanded by feminists for boys and girls.

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