Robert Knight

If you ever start hoping that the Left will leave the rest of us alone, move on, because that’s not going to happen.

At the heart of the Founders’ vision for America was the idea of decentralized power, whereby people across the land could experiment with solutions, not follow top-down dictates. It’s why we have 50 states.

Born in the spirit of the French Revolution – which ended in tyranny – the Left has been at war with American-style freedom ever since. In their perfect world, social engineers in Washington tell everyone else what to do.

A case in point is the battle unfolding in Florida’s second-largest school district, where the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is calling for a federal probe into single-sex education. This is one of those experiments that the Left hates because it acknowledges significant differences between the sexes.

The ACLU’s 37-page complaint to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights accuses the Hillsborough County Public Schools of violating Title IX. That’s the federal law that, among other things, is wreaking havoc with college-level sports.

Low-revenue programs like wrestling are being eliminated by the hundreds so that boys won’t have more teams than girls. Scholarship money is being spread so thin that even more popular men’s sports, such as baseball and men’s gymnastics, are threatened. Never mind that surveys and common sense (spend one hour in a sports bar) show that males typically have a far greater interest in sports than females – even though many girls and women are fine athletes and avid fans. All must bow to the sameness god.

Likewise, single-sex classrooms are in the bulls-eye. Hillsborough’s programs, the ACLU contends, are “based on stereotypes and discredited notions about how boys and girls learn and develop.”

Any of you teachers out there think boys sit as quietly as girls? Or that girls, upon finding some boxes and glue, typically create Godzilla, along with buildings to stomp? Didn’t think so.

Since 2009, Hillsborough has operated single-sex classes in at least one high school and 15 elementary schools, plus two magnet, single-sex middle schools called “academies.” Hillsborough spokesman Steve Hegarty told me by phone that the district is responding to parents who want the options. “Nobody attends single-gender classrooms without making that choice,” he said. “We’re trying to study and see what works and what doesn’t.”


Robert Knight

Robert Knight is an author, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a frequent contributor to Townhall.