Showing posts from November 16, 1997
CITY PAGES Is Separate More Equal? Inside room 33, the kids are suffering from Halloween hangover. "Did you guys watch House of Frankenstein ?" asks a girl wearing a blue and gold Starter jacket. "It was so good," says another girl. " NiƱas , shhhhh!" implores Elizabeth Dwight to her sixth-grade charges at Emerson Spanish Immersion Learning Center, a public school in Minneapolis. Dwight, like all Emerson teachers, is bilingual, but that's not what makes the school unusual. During the 80 minutes of daily math instruction, sixth-grade girls and boys are separated. Dwight teaches the girls; VaNita Miller, her colleague, leads the boys. It's a bold attempt to boost girls' classroom participation at a critical stage in their lives. And according to city and state education officials, it may be the first effort of its kind in a Minnesota public school. A suburban school, Roseville Area Middle School, plans to begin single-sex math and science cla