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Challenging Single Sex Ed And ‘Toxic Stereotypes’ About Our Children

Challenging Single Sex Ed And ‘Toxic Stereotypes’ About Our Children
Truth About Girls And BoysA new study in the journal Science claims that gender segregation in schools is deeply misguided and "often justified by weak, cherry-picked, or misconstrued scientific claims rather than by valid scientific evidence." The authors write that while – of course – excellent single-sex schools exist, there’s evidence that sex segregation increases gender stereotyping, legitimizes institutionalized sexism, and thus might actually do more harm than good. The research coincides with a new like-minded book. In The Truth About Girls and Boys: Challenging Toxic Stereotypes About Our Children, Caryl Rivers and Rosalind Barnett say the parents and educators of today are being fed a diet of junk science that is, at best, a misunderstanding of the research, and at worst a deliberate fraud on the American public. Caryl Rivers is a Professor of Journalism at the College of Communication at Boston University and Roz Barnett is a Senior Scientist at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University.
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012       Listen 897

The Great Back Bay Blackout
After a smoky electrical transformer fire knocked out power to about 21,000 homes and businesses, sections of the neighborhood are getting back online. But problems are expected to persist into tonight. We’ll have the latest.

Guests:
  Garrett Quinn, WGBH contributor and author of the Less is More blog on Boston.com
  Meg Mainzer-Cohen, president of the Back Bay Association
  Marcia Gregg, a Back Bay resident who (along with her family) lost power (and still doesn’t have it)
  David Jacobs, publisher and editor The Boston Courant, covers Back Bay, South End Beacon Hill and Fenway

The Baffler Is Back
The self-described “journal that blunts the cutting edge” is back in print after a two-year hiatus. The Baffler’s latest issue of scathing media, political and cultural criticism hits newsstands tomorrow. And no cow is sacred. (Not even the one that pays its bills).

Guests:
  John Summers, editor of The Baffler
  Thomas Frank, journalist and author of books like What’s The Matter With Kansas? and most recently, Pity The Billionaire. Founding editor of The Baffler

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