The irony behind the objections to single-sex schools by national feminist groups is that girls seem to be benefiting more from these schools than boys (anecdotal observations only ... as I repeat probably far too often, there's no real research behind these experiments). Here's the latest from Fort Worth....


He's right about the Schott report. It's great research to have, but for them to pretend this is strictly a race issue -- comparing black boys to white boys -- sidesteps a huge question: if this is just about race, then why aren't black females faring just as poorly? At hundreds of colleges black females have a better graduation rate than white males. This is about gender and race....


This is what passes for "research" in the large-scale experiment we're running in single-sex public education. It's great that the school leaders "feel" good about the experiment and the classes "may" play a factor in school improvement, but shouldn't the feds be launching some high quality research into what works, and doesn't work, with single-sex education? Education is a field with an unhappy history of embracing fads. Seems like the DOE should have a strong incentive to get involved here....


Interesting letters in the Times responding to the Schott report. The first letter from the teacher is the most substantive. Of course drugs, poverty and single parent households are huge players, but that doesn't mean schools can't make a huge difference with black boys. Or any boys, actually. You're a New Yorker; I suggest visiting the Excellence Charter School for Boys. This is a school I wish everyone could visit....


The Times has a lively discussion here. If I were the father of a young boy, I would be taking a very hard look at red shirting. Makes sense....


This study adds to the intrigue about a condition that affects four times as many boys as girls....


Perhaps, but no one has ever suggested males are stupid or don't test well. The problem lies in their school records, especially enrolling and graduating from college....


This time in Columbus, Ohio. From the article: Columbus City Preparatory School for Boys principal Michael Owens said that teachers will present information in way that keeps young boys engaged in learning. "We're looking at best practices for educating boys and particularly looking at literacy," Owens said. Everyone's saying the right things ... I just wish I had a better gut instinct about how all these experiments will turn out. I still can't understand how the U.S. Department of Education can just sit on the sidelines watching all this unfold without stepping in to offer guidance....


Letters to the editor about Hanna Rosin's recent cover story (on its way to becoming a book). Also a letter and a link to the article, "Are Fathers Necessary?"...


England, Australia and New Zealand continue to pay more attention to the gender gaps than seen in this country, despite the fact the academic gender gaps are comparable. Interesting survey results here on gender difference in reading habits. Their solution -- connecting reading to the World Cup -- seems weak....


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