All Girls: Single-Sex Education and Why it Matters

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An account of a year in the lives of young women at two girls' schools, one an elite Los Angeles prep school and the other the Young Women's Leadership School in East Harlem, considers the challenges of single-sex education faced by students and educators. Reprint.

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Karen Stabiner is the author of the bestselling New York Times Notable Book To Dance with the Devil: The New War on Breast Cancer and Inventing Desire, an acclaimed portrait of the advertising industry. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, and Vogue.

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All-girl schools: are they throwbacks to pre-women's lib days or cutting-edge public education systems? Stabiner (To Dance with the Devil: The New War on Breast Cancer) here attempts to uncover the answer. For her research, she spent one school year at two girls' schools Marlborough, an elite prep school in Los Angeles, and the Young Women's Leadership School (TYWLS), an experimental and controversial public school program in East Harlem, New York. In All Girls, the reader meets Amy Lopez, one of the brightest students in her grade at TYWLS; Katie Tower, a senior at Marlborough who is expected to do great things in her final year because of her past schoolwork; Christina Kim, the best student in Marlborough's senior class; and TYWLS's Maryam Zohny, the daughter of Egyptian immigrants, who sacrifices play for homework to make something of herself and make her widowed mother proud. Stabiner follows these four and many of their classmates through the school year and details teachers and administrators as well. In her introduction, she confesses that while she first thought girls' schools were for girls who couldn't handle the real world, after spending a school year in such institutions and seeing how self-confident and comfortable the students were, she changed her mind. Stabiner does not advocate the complete overhaul of our educational system to create single-sex institutions but instead aims to stir educators and parents to dialog and, she hopes, action by clearly and thoughtfully presenting evidence of the benefits of such schools. For most public libraries. Terry Christner, Hutchinson P.L., KS
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