Should single-sex schooling be eliminated?

The educational gap between America’s boys and girls continues to widen: in 2011, eighth-grade girls outperformed eighth-grade boys by 9 points in reading and by 20 points in writing (where 10 points equals one year of schooling). What can we do to boost boys’ educational performance in America? In this American Enterprise Debate, AEI resident scholar Christina Hoff Sommers will argue that single-sex schooling allows instructors to experiment with teaching methods and to successfully tailor curricula to their students’ needs. Lise Eliot of the Chicago Medical School of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science will respond that single-sex education is neither beneficial nor necessary, stressing that it fails to prepare both boys and girls for their futures. Author and CNN "Crossfire" host S.E. Cupp will moderate.


Wednesday, August 28, 2013 | 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
AEI, Twelfth Floor
1150 Seventeenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Co-hosted by the Independent Women's Forum





  • Read a transcript of the event: http://ow.ly/oymaH

    Wednesday, August 28
    5:30-7:00 pm

    Agenda

    5:15 PM
    Registration

    5:30 PM
    Debaters:
    Lise Eliot, Chicago Medical School of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
    Christina Hoff Sommers, AEI

    Moderator:
    S. E. Cupp, CNN's “Crossfire”

    7:00 PM
    Adjournment and Wine and Cheese Reception


    About the participants:

    Christina Hoff Sommers is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. A former philosophy professor who taught ethics, Sommers is probably best known for her critique of late-twentieth-century feminism. She is also known for her extensive writings, among them Who Stole Feminism? (Touchstone Books, 1995), The War Against Boys (Touchstone Books, 2001), One Nation Under Therapy (St. Martin's Press, 2005), and The Science on Women and Science (AEI Press, 2009). Her textbook, Vice and Virtue in Everyday Life, a bestseller in college ethics, is currently in its ninth edition. Her new book Freedom Feminism—Its Surprising History and Why it Matters Today will be published in spring 2013 by AEI Press. A new and revised version of The War Against Boys: How Misguided Policies Are Harming our Young Men will be out in August 2013 (Simon and Schuster).
    by Sharon Kehnemui on Aug 9, 2013 at 2:13 PM
    Lise Eliot is Associate Professor of Neuroscience at The Chicago Medical School of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science. A Chicago native, she received an A.B. degree from Harvard University, a Ph.D. from Columbia University, and did post-doctoral research at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. In addition to teaching and writing, Dr. Eliot lectures widely on children’s brain and mental development.
    by Sharon Kehnemui on Aug 9, 2013 at 2:12 PM
    S.E. Cupp is a conservative columnist, author, and commentator. She is author of the book “Losing Our Religion: The Liberal media’s Attack on Christianity” and co-author of the book “Why You’re Wrong About the Right.” She is co-host of the new Crossfire program on CNN, launching in September, and a contributor on TheBlaze show “Real News” every night at 6pm ET.
    by Sharon Kehnemui on Aug 9, 2013 at 2:13 PM
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