A school superintendent in Georgia plans to separate the students throughout his entire district by gender, in an effort to save his failing schools.
“At the rate we’re moving, we’re never going to catch up,” Superintendent Shawn McCollough told parents in an impassioned speech last week. “If we’re going to take some steps, let’s take some big steps.”
This is certainly a big step.
Studies have confirmed that boys and girls learn differently, and that they perform better absent the opposite sex.
The response to this proposal was outrage.
Apparently, some parents would rather ignore the problem.
“I am outraged,” said Tammi Freeman, who has two children at the high school. “I am disgusted. It’s making our county look like our kids are trouble when they’re not.”
Parents and teachers were mostly angry because they weren’t consulted.
I can understand that reaction, but the bottom line is we will never see meaningful education reform until people are willing to enact bold new ideas, without waiting around for a consensus.
Our children deserve action.
The most troubling aspect is that the detractors, of which there are many, are comparing it to racial segregation and noting that “separate is not equal.”
How insultingly dishonest.
The gender separation is a move based on the desire to create a learning environment for students tailored to their different needs.
To evoke a painful period in our country’s history that is wholly unrelated in order to make your argument look better is just plain wrong.
The fact remains that there are biological differences between males and females, and we have the chromosomes to prove it.
The schools in Shawn McCollough’s district are doing poorly and he is willing to try a creative new approach to reverse that trend.
Instead of being championed, he is being vilified.
And we wonder why the problems with our public education system never seem to go away.