student rights

"You helped me realize that the law can be a tool to foster social justice."

On Thanksgiving, thanks to Juliana Morgan-Trostle, who gave us permission to share this email she wrote to Bill Newman, ACLU of Massachusetts attorney and director of our western Massachusetts legal office in Northampton. Bill helped in 2008 when Amherst Regional High School tried to restrict a student production of The Vagina Monologues.

Don’t be misled: ACLU supports students’ rights to freedom of expression

We have been contacted by a number of people concerned about Kevin Cullen's column criticizing school officials in Duxbury for prohibiting high school students from wearing t-shirts supporting a now-fired coach/teacher (Teaching the wrong lesson at Duxbury High, Boston Globe, Oct. 21).

School district requiring iPads backtracks on policy limiting use by students who borrow them

ACLU: Policy denied equal access to education.

ACLU says Boston College cannot discipline students providing condoms

Statement by Sarah Wunsch, staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts

Teach Kids, Not Stereotypes demonstrates the dangers of sex-segregated education

"Today, we are sending demand letters to school districts in Florida, Maine, Virginia, West Virginia, Mississippi, and Alabama insisting that they take steps to end single-sex programs that rely on and promote archaic and harmful sex stereotypes, and we’re launching a new campaign called Teach Kids, Not Stereotypes to drive the point home."

Why is sex-segregated schooling so limiting?

"Social scientists have found that separating students by sex simply makes the contrast between the sexes more salient. And, when you look at what the proponents of single-sex classrooms are preaching, it’s easy to see the world segregated classrooms can create.   Take Dr. Leonard Sax, who suggests that a boy who likes to read, does not enjoy contact sports, and does not have a lot of close male friends has a problem, even if he thinks he is happy, and that such a boy should be firmly disciplined, required to spend time with “normal males,” and made to play sports. Yikes!"

Read the rest of the post for more old-school lunacy, and this post for more information and arguments against the practice.