Same, Different, Equal

Rethinking Single-Sex Schooling

Rosemary C. Salomone

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June 11, 2005
308 pages, 5-3/4 x 9
ISBN: 9780300108316
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A readable and objective assessment of the educational and legal issues surrounding single-sex education

Although coeducation has been the norm within private and public schools since the 1970s, single-sex education has staged a comeback in recent years as a means of addressing the academic and social problems faced by some students. Single-sex education raises controversy on ideological grounds, and in 1996 the Supreme Court struck down the all-male admissions policy at the Virginia Military Institute in a decision that has cast a legal cloud over public initiatives. In this timely book, Rosemary Salomone offers a reasoned educational and legal argument supporting single-sex education as an alternative to coeducation, particularly in the case of disadvantaged minority students.

Salomone examines the history of women’s education and exclusion, philosophical and psychological theories of sameness and difference, findings on educational achievement and performance, the research evidence on single-sex schooling, and the legal questions that have arisen. Correcting many of the current misconceptions about single-sex education, she argues that it is a viable option and that the road to gender equality should be paved with diverse educational opportunities for all students—regardless of race, class, or gender.

Rosemary C. Salomone, Kenneth Wang Professor of Law at St. John’s University School of Law, is a fellow of the Open Society Institute.

“Rosemary Salomone has written a thoughtful, fair, and comprehensive analysis of the myths and realties of single-sex schooling. What she has to say should be read by school officials, parents, and policymakers who are looking for alternatives to current patterns of schooling. Hers is a quiet and reasonable voice that should be heard in the midst of rancorous and unreasoning debates about what happens next.”—Diane Ravitch, historian of education, New York University

"A thorough, thoughtful, and critical analysis integrating the legal, political, practical, and research dimensions of single-sex education. Unique is the absence of any contentiousness, bias, or superficiality. In sum, a remarkable achievement.”—M. Elizabeth Tidball, Professor Emeritus, The George Washington University or, author of Taking Women Seriously: Lessons and Legacies for Educating the Majority 

“Rosemary Salomone’s Same,Different, Equal: Rethinking Single-Sex Schooling is the single best book I have ever read about single-sex education. It is balanced, thoughtful and non-ideological—what a relief! She takes us on a fascinating walk through the history of gender and education in the United States and tells us who’s winning and who’s losing. Her book is a must-read for every educator who is concerned about the different outcomes for boys and girls in school.”—Michael Thompson, Ph.D, coauthor of Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys, and Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children

“A beacon of clarity and open-mindedness, this impressive work will be the definitive resource on the legal and educational issues regarding single-sex education.”—Stephen Yandle, Yale Law School

“A smart, objective, evenhanded examination of the debate over single sex education, and its benefits and drawbacks for girls and boys; first-rate research, sharp analysis, and no axe to grind; must reading in this important debate.”—Susan Estrich, Professor of Law, USC Law School, author Sex and Power

“The road to equality in our nation’s schools will not be the same for everyone. By skillfully weaving together legal, scholarly, and anecdotal research, Rosemary Salomone builds the case for a more diverse blend of educational opportunities to ensure that all students are being well served.”—Whitney Ransome and Meg Moulton, Executive Directors, The National Coalition of Girls’ Schools

“A comprehensive book on this important movement. . . . The complex issues and tantalizing, if controversial history are thoroughly covered in this well-researched volume, the only comprehensive work available to date. Highly recommended.”—Choice

"Salomone is a lawyer specializing in education law who writes with an exceptional degree of conciseness, crispness, clarity, and flair. . . .Extremely readable. . . .If you have time for only one book and you really want to be informed about single-sex education, then make it Same, Different, Equal: Rethinking Single-Sex Schooling."—John Borst, Education Today

"Engaging, well-written, and thought-provoking. . . . Salomone has provided us with a useful and intelligent discussion. . . . Same, Equal, Different provides a balanced review of the legal, political, cultural, and educational dimensions of the struggle over gender equality. . . . The book is a lively, multi-disciplinary success."—Stephen Arons, Law & Politics Book Review

“Salomone’s analyses skillfully sketch the contours of options that flow from seemingly irreconcilable visions of gender and education that continue to define public and scholarly debates about single-sex schooling. Professor Salomone deserves praise for even approaching such contentious terrain. That she does so with intellectual rigor, honesty, and a healthy dose of scholarly discipline and distance warrants even more praise. . . . Same, Different, Equal should serve as a reference point for the foreseeable future. This book is important not only for what it says, but for how it says it.”—Michael Heise, Michigan Law Review

“An unbiased look at single-sex education’s past, present and future—as well as pros and cons. . . . Salomone presents the arguments for both sides—as well as a thorough examination of the legal cases and the research into the effects of single-sex schooling—in a clear-headed manner. Both opponents and proponents of single-sex education will find something to take away from this book. . . . Salomone’s book is one tool toward understanding this issue a little better.”—Anne Wagner, NationalJournal.com

"A carefully organized, often lively . . . compendium of everything that matters in the debate: how boys and girls do in classes and on tests, their differing learning styles, and the legal tussles."—Timothy A. Hacsi, New York Times

“This is an important, balanced and thought-provoking book: everyone concerned about inequalities in our schools and our society should want too read it.”—Michael Duffy, Times Educational Supplement (Book of the Week)

"Provocative and challenging, this book adds a further dimension to a major debate over the nature of substantive equality in education."—Professor Sandra Berns, Head of School, Griffith Law School, Law Society Journal

Same, Different, Equal is what it promises to be: a scrupulous rethinking of single-sex schooling. Happily, it is even more, an important and necessary exploration of education done through the prism of gender. It should be on the reading list of everyone concerned with our schools and colleges.”—Catharine R. Stimpson, New York University

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