Same, Different, Equal Rethinking Single-Sex Schooling Rosemary C. Salomone

Publication date:
11 Jun 2005
Yale University Press
308 pages: 229 x 146mm

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.

"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

“Smart, objective, evenhanded. Must reading in this important debate.”—Susan Estrich, University of Southern California Law School

“The single best book I have read about single-sex education. A must-read for every educator.”—Michael Thompson, Ph.D, coauthor of Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys