Single Sex Schools

My previous post on my visit to Kipp Academy blamed the teachers unions for the banning of single sex schools in the 1970's, a federally instituted policy that we're still fighting to recover from. I wanted to share with you the objection from Brian posted in the comment section, along with my response.
Todd, As a former teacher who has taught in both public and private schools, I have to take exception to your statement that teacher unions would be against single sex schools. While teaching in public school, we used to talk about this subject all the time, and all, let me repeat, ALL of the teachers I spoke to about this were in favor of single sex schools. Many of us, myself included, are products of such an education. That our unions would be against such a thing is frankly alien to me, and others, who are, or were teachers. Any problems, and there are many, in public schools today, can be traced, not to teachers, and their unions, but to school administrators and school boards, who are very susceptible to to whatever educational fad (like co-educational schools), or politically correct “idea” which comes down the road. If you’re going to point fingers, make sure they’re pointed at the right targets. Thank You, Brian
Thanks for taking the time to comment, Brian. First, I’m not blaming teachers - I agree that teachers are victims of bad management. I also agree that the schools are victims of a radical cabal that controls teacher education and injects destructive, untested concepts and non-educational ideals into a system that can’t support them.
The Bush administration is giving public school districts broad new latitude to expand the number of single-sex classes, and even schools, in what is widely considered the most significant policy change on the issue since a landmark federal law barring sex discrimination in education more than 30 years ago.
But all of this is accepted or pushed for by unions which seem to care only about whether educational fads require that more union teachers be employed.
Two years in the making, the new rules, announced Tuesday by the Education Department, will allow districts to create single-sex schools and classes as long as enrollment is voluntary. School districts that go that route must also make coeducational schools and classes of “substantially equal” quality available for members of the excluded sex.
My understanding of the history of the banning of single sex schools, and resistance to their popular reinstitution, is that the civil rights movement considers the concept discriminatory.
While the move was sought by some conservatives and urban educators, and had backing from both sides of the political aisle, a number of civil rights and women’s rights groups condemned the change.
Look back to Title IX for the leverage used by liberals to use the (extra-constitutional) funding power of the federal government to leverage the states to abandon single sex schools.
Nancy Zirkin, vice president of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, an umbrella organization representing about 200 civil rights groups, said the new regulations “violate both Title IX and the equal protection clause of the Constitution.”
While this doesn’t specifically indict the unions, and I’ll do more research to confirm their positions on this, there is guilt by association based on the partnership between the Democratic Party and the teachers unions, with the civil rights movement as a major subsidiary of the party.
“Segregation is totally unacceptable in the context of race,” she said. “Why in the world in the context of gender would it be acceptable?” The American Civil Liberties Union signaled it might consider going to court. “We are certainly in many states looking at schools that are segregating students by sex and considering whether any of them are ripe for a challenge,” said Emily Martin, deputy director of the Women’s Rights Project at the A.C.L.U..
Although school managers eagerly force new, untested ideas, into the schools, they also don't hesitate to ban ideas that work quite well - or may be essential - if they they hurt the feelings of a partner in the education cabal controlled by the Democrats.