Preliminary Findings of ACLU: “Teach Kids, Not Stereotypes” Campaign

Report here. Excerpt:

'This report represents the initial findings from the ACLU’s multi-state “Teach Kids, Not Stereotypes” campaign. This initiative was launched in May 2012 to assess the growing trend in public education of separating boys and girls based on discredited science and gender stereotypes, such as the idea that boys are better than girls in math because boys’ brains receive several daily “surges” of testosterone, whereas girls can perform well on tests only a few days per month when they experience “increased estrogen during the menstrual cycle.”

Although our analysis of documents is ongoing with many more programs to be evaluated, our findings thus far demonstrate that many public school districts misapprehend the Department of Education’s 2006 regulations under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 relating to single-sex classes and have instituted programs based on sex-stereotyped instruction.

As such, the 2006 regulations must be rescinded, the prior regulations must be reinstated, the Department must issue guidance explaining that programs based on stereotypes are impermissible, and the Department’s enforcement efforts must be increased."

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