'A boy among girls'

Article here. Excerpt:

'The ACLU, though, says that teaching kids differently on the basis of gender defies Title IX, a portion of the Education Amendments of 1972.

Title IX states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance ...”

I’m going to have to side with the ACLU on this one.

You see, in the late 1970s, I became the first male student to attend an all girls boarding school, the Academy for Girls Too Smart to Study with Boys — an experience that haunts me still.

The school refused to admit me at first, so I filed suit. Since the school accepted public funds, the judge ruled that it had to let me in.

My female classmates harassed me from the beginning. They said I was a wimp. They printed up T-shirts: “152 debutantes and one dork!”

The school’s administrators were out to get me, too. They forced me to follow school regulations to a T.

Do you know how hard it is, wearing a plaid dress and Oxford shoes, to outrun neighborhood bullies?'

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I would have to agree, unless both genders are given accommodation. Meaning if a school has both male and female students, but different classes based on gender, I would not have a problem with it. My junior high did that as an experiment one year, and I must say it was easier to concentrate on school and we got to make more male friends. Optional classes were coed, so we still got to talk to the girls. It was pretty cool. A good year indeed.

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