Single Sex Education – Making a Comeback

So in the WSJ’s Juggle and the New York Times articles on the increase in single sex education in public schools.  Whole schools are dividing the boys and the girls, and apparently the parents as well.  Educational proponents say that single sex educational allows children to learn without the pressures of showing off to the opposite sex.  Apparently flirting is not so good for learning.  And girls who learn in single sex environments show more of an interest in math and science subjects, while boys show more of an interest in the softer subjects like art than either gender would in a co-ed environment.

Opponents say that dividing the sexes doesn’t set kids up for the real world where we all really do have to learn to play along.  Some parents also worry that an all boys environment will create more aggressive boys.

I went to an all women’s college that was well integrated with a co-ed college across the street.  Many of first year classes were small, all women and there was never any fear of speaking up in front of the boys.  And  there was no worry about dressing up.   Later on, classes both big and small became more integrated and there were plenty of opportunities to mingle both socially and professionally.  Was this set up a benefit to me as a professional – you bet – when I feel like I know my subject, I have no problem speaking up – I tend to stay quiet if I am not sure what I am talking about!  What do you think about splitting the kids up – especially on your dime in the public schools? 

Encouraging math and science skills in girls…& help them make more money?

Some thoughts on an interesting article in the WSJ about the diversity gap in America’s workplace.  So while this election year is shaping up to be very diverse, apparently the same old story abound in corporate America – less women and minorities, especially in the upper tiers.
The article notes that women still make 77% less than men (for every dollar) and that there are many well document and not so well documented theories to account for that:  Women take time off to raise families and care for aged parents, thus never achieving he continuous experience level of men of comparable ages and education levels, or they don’t demand raises with the same frequency as men, or they don’t train for the high paying jobs in the same levels as men.  
Old news.  What is new news is this: “The wage gap persists among young women who have more education than men their age. Last year, 45% of women ages 25 to 34 had a college degree, compared with 36% of young men. But women’s median earnings overall were 14% lower, according to an analysis of recent Census Bureau data by Timothy Casey, a senior staff attorney at Legal Momentum, a New York advocacy group. Again, the gap may partly reflect that far fewer women than men major in engineering, business and other fields leading to high-paying jobs. Still, it is a reminder of how girls need to be encouraged to recognize their math and science abilities.” (From the Carol Hymowitz WSJ article.
So girls, glad we’re on the right trend here at GirlMogul.  Tell your girl that education is key and that math and science are great subjects.  If there is ever, ever a spark of interest in math or science, let your girl pursue – the Math team is just as good as the dance team.  And don’t forget to teach them to stand up for themselves – – from how much they’re going to earn for a baby sitting job to getting extra help for homework.

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Girls & Technoglogy — Google shows girls it's cool to like computers

Google – Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

Imagine my surprise when I saw this little link way off to the bottom right of the page on the WSJ.  It’s a video clip of reporter Stacy Delo’s of Google’s Introduce a Girl to Engineering day.  The clip profiles Ellen Spertus a research scientist for Google who talks about the program and about “grabbing” the interest and attention of girls into technology.  

It also has clips from lots of the middle-schoolers themselves, talking about how they are going to change the way people think about girls and technology.

So check out the clip – it’s great.

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Geek Chicks – The NY Times says it's so

I just saw this article in the NY Times Geek Chic: Not Just for Boys.  And it was perfect.  As the title suggest, more girls are getting into technology – Girls have made the blogosphere their own.  Girls are very comfortable with blogs and actively embrace the medium and the design and storytelling it goes with it.  More girls than boys have sites, though boys seem more into posting videos of themselves to You Tube, while girls are out there building and nurturing a community.  The whole article is well worth a read, but I thought I would pull out some of the sites and girls featured there so you could check out their work for yourselves.
Nicole Dominguez, 13, of Miramar, Fla., whose hobbies include designing free icons, layouts and “glitters” (shimmering animations) for the Web and MySpace pages of other teenagers.  Her site is Sodevious.net,.
Martina Butler, 17, of San Francisco, who for three years has been recording an indie music show, Emo Girl Talk, from her basement. Check out Emogirltalk.com.

Agirlsworld.com, an interactive e-zine with articles written for and by girls.

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