Separate But Equal: Massachusetts Moves Toward Segregated Math Classes

chct rege.JPGMassachusetts has joined the movement toward re-segregating our public schools by race or gender or sexual orientation. Superintendent Richard W. Rege Jr. in Chicopee is reportedly in favor of a new proposal to segregate students by gender for math classes. It is part of a trend that threatens the advances that we have made in the last six decades in desegregating our school system. Now, there will be “girl math” and “boy math” classes.

Various states are experimenting with all boy or all girl school, not just classes. I have been a critic of this trend, here and here.

The most recent proposal appears the brainchild of Bellamy Principal Matthew T. Francis, who reportedly attended an all-boys school as a child. He believes that other genders is a distraction and part of the reason that his school has underperformed: “I want to take away one of the variables.” Strangely, other schools not under Mr. Francis’ supervision have excelled on tests and math without adopted segregation by gender.

There are some studies that suggest that there might be marginal benefits from such segregation, but these studies remain sketchy. More importantly, segregation does not appear to be a significant factor in comparison to having good teaching, sufficient resources, and most importantly reasonably sized classes.

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45 thoughts on “Separate But Equal: Massachusetts Moves Toward Segregated Math Classes

  1. A little help here; please?

    In Re: The State Of The Union (genuine and technically not)

    1. Am I the only one who’s beginning to see Obama as more puffery than substance? Am I wrong to doubt him?

    2. The republican response; what the hell was that? Am I the only one who thought it sounded like a patronizing audio book for children?

    3. The seating arrangements for these addresses: Anyone ever wonder what happens to the displaced representatives when SCOTUS, the Senate and other cabinet members take their seats?

  2. Bob,

    1) No. Until war crimes trials start, he is squarely in the doubt column. Actions speak louder than words.

    2) Covered it.

    3) See the experiments of Erwin Schrödinger.

  3. Buddha,

    Where did you cover the patronizing child audio book


    Schrodinger’s cat is in fact dead; I checked personally.

    Too bad it was an atheist.

  4. Bob,

    I covered patronizing just above, although I did not cover the specific form of audio books.

    As to Schrödinger, I believe the displaced are kept in a tensor-wait state.

  5. Thank you Buddha and Mike for re-establishing my inertial frame of reference.

    I DID hear what I thought I heard.

    Well, it’s back to hating everyone and everything again; excepting present company of course.

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