Same, Different, Equal: Rethinking Single-Sex Schooling

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Yale University Press, Oct 1, 2008 - Education - 304 pages
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Although coeducation has been the norm within private and public schools since the 1970s, single-sex education has staged a comeback in recent years as a means of addressing the academic and social problems faced by some students. Single-sex education raises controversy on ideological grounds, and in 1996 the Supreme Court struck down the all-male admissions policy at the Virginia Military Institute in a decision that has cast a legal cloud over public initiatives. In this timely book, Rosemary Salomone offers a reasoned educational and legal argument supporting single-sex education as an alternative to coeducation, particularly in the case of disadvantaged minority students.

Salomone examines the history of women’s education and exclusion, philosophical and psychological theories of sameness and difference, findings on educational achievement and performance, the research evidence on single-sex schooling, and the legal questions that have arisen. Correcting many of the current misconceptions about single-sex education, she argues that it is a viable option and that the road to gender equality should be paved with diverse educational opportunities for all students—regardless of race, class, or gender.

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An expert on single-sex schooling enters the contentious public discussion with an even-handed and exhaustive examination of the history and politics of gender and education. Salomone, a law professor ... Read full review


Chapter 1 Text and Subtext
Chapter 2 A Tale of Three Cities
Chapter 3 Equality Engendered
Chapter 4 Myths and Realities in the Gender Wars
Chapter 5 Whos Winning Whos Losing and Why?
Chapter 6 Legal Narratives
Chapter 7 Reconciling the Law
Chapter 8 The Research Evidence
Chapter 9 Rethinking SingleSex Schooling

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Rosemary C. Salomone is professor of law at St. John's University School of Law and a fellow of the Open Society Institute.

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