Wednesday, April 09, 2008

ACLU Wants Greene County Segregation Plan

The ACLU is invoking a state open records law to request a copy of the plan to segregate schools by sex that Greene County, Georgia, abandoned last month. Because the county indicated that it would go forward with this or a similar plan in the future, the organization is concerned that the county is relying on stereotypes and "questionable 'brain science' theories that suggest that boys and girls should be treated radically differently." The ACLU points out that there is no scientific consensus that single-sex education is beneficial to students, something recognized even by the Department of Education, whose regulatory change in 2006 paved the way for single-sex public education.

I'm glad that the ACLU is requesting the plan. If, as they suspect, it contains a demonstrably false or questionable scientific premise (or no premise at all), it will raise awareness about the absence of critical thinking around this issue.