I guess one of the advantages of having been around for six decades at this point in time is one of perspective.

As a child of the 50’s and 60’s, and adult of the 70’s, I’ve seen it all when it comes to social engineering.

Back then boys were actually separated with all boy schools and academies.  Girls were a distraction.

Even in public schools the separation was obvious with special classes.

Boys had shop classes in woodworking and metal working while girls were expected to take “Home Economics.”

In New York, we had schools like Boys High and Brooklyn Tech as all boys schools.

Then came the 70’s with “do your own thing” and liberation movements.

Advocates challenged the all boy rules as sexist and outdated.

First in public schools and then private, backed up by the Federal courts.

One by one all of the gender specific rules went down the drain, even to the point where city halls could no longer discriminate in marriage licenses.

In case you don’t remember, girls could legally get married at 18, but boys needed to be 21.

All for the sake of equality.

Baloney.  Make that social engineering.

At least when I was in school we could sit wherever we wanted during lunch.

Social engineering for the sake of equality got so pervasive that my own kids in the 90’s had to sit boy-girl-boy-girl.

Well, now we’ve finally acknowledged the fact that boys and girls are wired differently.

And so the move is on to reverse the social engineering of the past 40 years, and it’s gaining ground.

Educators are relearning what we all knew intuitively way back when.

Is it a good thing?

I’d hate to think it’ll take another 40 years to find out.

And who knows?

Maybe educators will also rediscover the idea that separating classes into slower and advanced will give the kids the same advantages my generation had way back when.

Way back in the dark ages when the smarter kids were allowed to achieve rather than just participate.

And when boys were separated from girls.

Just maybe.

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