All-boys schools are depicted as venues for male privilege, entitlement and misogyny (“What Is the Role of an All-Boys School in 2019? How the Elite Institutions Are Trying to Adapt,” Time, Oct. 14). That’s the only conclusion I can reach. But I maintain that it is unfair.
There are some 780 private all-boys schools in the U.S. and some 650 private all-girls schools. Parents enroll their children in them because they believe that they best meet their needs and interests. It has nothing to do with developing stereotypical views of the excluded group. Yet that is the criticism leveled at them.
What is wrong about wanting young people to avoid the distraction posed by the presence of classmates of the opposite sex? Yes, some students can overcome the temptation of paying more attention to them than to their studies, but they are the exception. That’s why I hope that single-sex schools will continue to be an option for parents.
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