Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe Offers Commentary on Single-Sex Education in The New York Times

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 11:33 am.

nyt-room-for-debateBryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe is among those asked by the editors of The New York Times to take part in the latest installment of their “Room for Debate” series.

In a piece titled “What We’ve Discovered,” McAuliffe takes part in a debate on single-sex education. Others taking part in the debate include noted attorneys; the co-author of a just released Science article arguing against single-sex education; and authors who have written books in favor of single-sex education.

“What’s missing from the report in Science magazine is an examination of the larger cultural forces that, in the case of young women, lead many to believe that there are some fields of study that just aren’t for them,” wirtes McAuliffe. “Even after the majority of U.S. colleges and universities have gone coed, women’s colleges continue to prepare an inordinate percentage of their students to succeed in fields traditionally dominated by men.”

To read the full commentary and to take part in the debate, visit the “Room for Debate” section of The New York Times. Comments are also being made on Bryn Mawr’s Facebook page.

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