Here's something to print out and read over the weekend: Elizabeth Weil's new piece on single-sex education in the NY Times Magazine:
"Nobody is keeping exact count of the number of schools offering single-sex classrooms, but Sax estimates that in the fall of 2002, only about a dozen public schools in the United States offered any kind of single-sex educational options (excluding schools which offered single-sex classrooms only in health or physical education). By this past fall, Sax says, that number had soared to more than 360, with boys- and girls-only classrooms now established in Cleveland; Detroit; Albany; Gary, Ind.; Philadelphia; Dallas; and Nashville, among other places."
The line about soft-spoken women also comes from this guy Sax, who seems to be the main proponent of single-sex options. (I thought that was Whitmire, but I guess I was wrong.). Am looking forward to reading the whole piece.