In sleepy Raleigh, North Carolina sits Peace College—not a hippie school, as you would suspect, but a women's college, which is basically the same thing. But not for long! Peace has announced plans to let dudes attends. But, as a compromise, they will remain segregated in classes. Way to satisfy no one at all!
Inside Higher Ed reports that for what appear to be purely pseudoscientific reasons, Peace College says that after becoming co-ed it will "offer select single-gender courses in targeted disciplines where research shows that women and men learn differently and that each benefit from a single-gender classroom." Which is, like, illegal, according to many quoted experts! To recap: students and alumni are outraged about the school going co-ed; and, on top of that, the school has plainly stated its plans to violate Title IX. Don't worry, everyone, this is all very simple:
While the announcement referred to "single-gender courses," [Peace president Debra] Townsley said that the courses would actually be offered for male learning styles, female learning styles and then mixed learning styles. She also said that if a man made a request to get into a female learning styles course, or vice versa, Peace would not prevent that, but "we'll advertise the courses" as being designed for men and women respectively.
Smomchoohuh? Disbodoiowhat? So instead of A) leaving the school as it is, or B) just having a normal co-ed school, Peace College will C) offer three different types of courses for every class tailored to gender-based "learning styles" that may or may not be completely made up. Sounds efficient! And which classes would qualify for this new segregation vacation? Let's go to the head of the faculty Senate, Betty Witcher:
Witcher said that Townsley, in a brief discussion after the announcement, suggested that subjects such as "women's literature and things like that" would be appropriate for separate sections, while also noting research that men and women learn mathematics in different ways.
Ah. Yes. Math is hard.