This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.
Pardon Jon Kellett for assuming Washington state was as interested in educational innovation as the federal government.
Last year, Kellett – the principal of Jason Lee Middle School in Tacoma – launched what looked like a promising experiment in single-sex education.
Sixth-grade boys and girls were taught their core subjects in separate classrooms; the arrangement was to continue when they reached the seventh grade, phasing in separation-by-sex for all students in math, science and humanities.
Single-sex education is controversial in the public schools; some view it with deep suspicion, believing …