Is America Ready For Change? By Kathleen X and Kareem Abdullah Updated Apr 1, 2008, 12:03 pm Email this article Printable page Training males and females according to their nature In the highly-acclaimed book Message to the Blackman, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad stated, “Education for my people should be where our children are off to themselves for the first 15 or 16 years in classes separated by sex.” Then, he provided further educational advice, by arguing that “Then they could and should seek higher education without the danger of losing respect for self or seeking to lose their identity.” Though the profundity of such a statement could easily fall upon the deaf ears of a misinformed public, many educational and psychological scholars have gradually embraced such positions that echo what the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, the Messenger, has presented in 1965. For example, education officials in the Greene County School district, in Georgia, were desperately seeking a solution to a problem that they had been plagued with for decades. The achievement gap between boys and girls was among the many problems that the district faced. School superintendent Shawn McCollough vented, “This school district is in bad shape, at the rate we’re moving we’re never going to catch up.” He expressed a desire to pursue a “faster” and a “more innovative program.” A growing number of researchers insist that single-sex education is a worthy alternative. However, on the other hand, some hold that single-sex education is “no cure all,” and that it brings with it many issues of its own. An article written by correspondent Elizabeth Zwerling, of Women’s E News, states: “While separating boys and girls solved some educational problems at some of the schools, it also created others that researchers did not expect.” Among the problems stated were “traditional gender stereotypes,” and “mixed gender messages.” Advocates of single-sex education contend, however, such problems are a matter of individual school policy; and are not representative of all single-sex schools. Finally, Greene County’s school district reached a decision that will make it “the first county in the country to have single-sex education at every level.” http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/article_4505.shtml Are there members here who were not educated in co-ed schools? or their children?