Friday, February 10, 2012

Dallas School District Takes Only Boys on Field Trip to the Movies

As reported here, the Dallas Independent School District is getting flack for its decision to take 5000 students, only boys, to the movies to see the film "Red Tails." Due to the high cost of such an outing -- $57,000 to rent buses and purchase tickets -- it wasn't feasible to include girls as well. So the school district's solution was to leave the girls behind, assuming, most likely, that girls would not be interested in a movie about the Tuskegee Airmen who fought in World War II.

If you're wondering, yes, this violates Title IX. As one expert put it:

"This sort of blatant gender discrimination is actually quite shocking in 2012."

Indeed. I hope the stakeholders in Dallas ISD are holding school district officials accountable for their poor judgment.