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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.
Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 5th 2003 by Riverhead Trade (first published August 26th 2002)
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Jun 04, 2014 CarolynKost rated it liked it
Shelves: education
Stabiner switches back and forth between the first Young Women's Leadership School, a public charter school for young women of color and promise founded in Harlem in 1996, and the century-old Marlborough School in Los Angeles. The contrast is jarring: the teachers in the former are disaffected and transitory, the students challenged by life circumstances that pull at them to remain in the mire, while the teachers in the latter are creative and largely stable and the students are sophisticated an ...more
Sep 22, 2014 Terry rated it it was ok
Shelves: education
Well, the opening sentences, in which the author describes the decision a friend is facing--whether or not to send her daughter to a private, all-girls school--as "IMPOSSIBLE" made me roll my eyes so hard they popped out of my head and rolled across the floor.

More seriously, first of all, this book is quite dated, really; for example, one of the programs she discusses in the book has now become a national network of schools, which casts its struggles as described in the book in a different ligh
Apr 19, 2015 Amy rated it it was ok
This is a medium-old book, based on the school year of 1998/8, and published in 2002. The author follows students from two all-girl schools, a rich school in LA and a public school in poor NYC, and ultimately decides to send her daughter to the LA school. The author uses a lot of pages to tell the students' and teachers' stories, but it's not a scientific book at all: there aren't a lot of numbers to give any reference to how good or poorly the students are doing. She's missing a lot of informat ...more
Dec 01, 2008 Brittany rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who've gone to All Girls schools, Parents considering sending their kids to AG schools
Recommended to Brittany by: Gillian (?)
How I Came To Read This Book: I borrowed it from Gillian, my sister.

The Plot: Author Karen Stabiner, faced with the prospect of where to send her daughter in the future, was introduced to the idea of All Girls schools by a friend with a similar dilemma. Curious as to the potentially beneficial and / or detrimental effects of single sex education, Stabiner decided to really dig her heels into some serious background research by following two private schools - Marlborough, a private prep school in
Nov 16, 2012 Bree rated it liked it
Read quickly and kept me interested. But I wanted more data. I went to an all girls' school and I believe that they're a good idea, but I don't think Stabiner was really convincing in her case that single-sex education is beneficial for girls.
Oct 01, 2007 Paige rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are interested in single-sex education for girls, this book was a great read.
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Karen Stabiner is a journalist and author of narrative non-fiction. She has co-authored the cookbooks Family Table, a collection of staff meal recipes and backstage stories from Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group restaurants, and The Valentino Cookbook with Piero Selvaggio. Her feature articles and essays have appeared in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, as well as in the ...more
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