Do African American children have to be segregated by sex to be successful?

This seems to be what the leaders at the Urban Education Symposium held earlier
in Jacksonville seems to be saying.

Keynote speaker John Jackson, said … encouraged more development of
gender-specific schools such as those already operational in cities like
Chicago and New York.
Barbara Darby, president of the North Campus of Florida State
College at Jacksonville, seconded this
, she said the gender-specific
school concept is no longer theory, but is proven performance in other cities.
“It is not generating topic discussion, solely. It really is about providing an
option that works for a particular group of students. Will all black males
benefit from single-gender education? Perhaps not. But if we can educate a
percentage of them and move them on the way to college and to be
self-sufficient, then why not?”
Warren co chair, is also bringing several charter schools to town to do just
Janet Owens, executive director of the summit said, “There’s a lot of research that speaks to the types of support and
strategies that can help young men focus their energies and stay more on task
and stay motivated, particularly in those age ranges,”
I can’t help but wonder if these single
gender schools will address poverty, parental involvement and have multiple
pathways to graduation and creative discipline procedures in place that serve
as a consequence for bad behavior, because if not I can’t imagine them being
any more successful than traditional public schools.
Finally I just can’t help but think
some people see the prospect of single gender charter schools as a money making
opportunity. There is big money in charter schools and I would hate that some would
prey on desperate families looking for any kind of solution.


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