It is important to remember that the decision of what to make the basics of education, like every major curriculum decision, depends not simply on the way the world is but on the way we think it should be, on the kind of life we believe to be worth living, and on the kind of society we believe to be worth living in.
-Jane Roland Martin, “Two Dogmas of Curriculum”
When it comes to gender stereotyping, separate and unequal is gaining momentum as conservatives push for more segregated schooling along the lines of male vs. female as means toward higher achievement. Based on nothing but a Neanderthal view of the world, these ideas have no basis in reality or science. However, the proliferation of gender-based segregation in schools has been proven to lead to sexism and stereotypes that not only does nothing to improve either the education of children but is detrimental to encouraging boys and girls to learn how to work together, how to understand and appreciate any differences and most important, to work together to foster the egalitarian spirit so necessary to find solutions to the great humanitarian crises of today.
Jane Roland Martin, education philosopher, in much of her work examines the important of valuing both the reproductive and the productive aspects of human endeavors. In a world where women are still being raped and abused, where one in four children in the United States is now living in poverty, men and women must find the common ground and understanding to work together, with whatever talents, strengths and insights each has to offer as men and women who are dedicated to creating a better society.
Under George W. Bush Title IX rules were watered down to allow for more segregated public schools along the lines of gender. The recent report released in September in the journal Science by eight prominent scientists, titled The Pseudoscience of Single-Sex Schooling arugues that "there is no well-designed research showing that single-sex (SS) education improves students' academic performance, but there is evidence that sex segregation increases gender stereotyping and legitimizes institutional sexism." The lead author on the piece was Professor Diane Halpern of Claremont McKenna College, past president of the American Psychological Association (APA).