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PostWatch: An irregular correction to the Washington Post

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Thursday, June 06, 2002
8:31 AM

POSTWATCH CLASSIC... A Washington Post Staff Writer reprints a press release from the National Women's Law Center on how few girls take part in traditionally male vo-tech courses. This glorious example of bias manages to fill 20 grafs without a single comment from someone who does not see this as "sex bias." There are such people, Washington Post Staff Writer, and some of them have telephones.

"There are just stunning patterns of sex segregation in schools across the country," said Jocelyn Samuels, vice president and director of educational opportunities for the law center. "The primary problems in career ed are inattention and lack of perception that there is a problem."

The National Women's Law Center is your traditional feminist organization that believes men and women will always want to pursue the same interests, and when they don't, it's actionable.

The D.C.-based National Women's Law Center plans to file legal petitions today in all 12 regions of the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights, requesting investigations into whether vocational and technical high schools and classes violate Title IX and demanding that action be taken to remedy all conduct that does not comply with federal law.

Men take shop. When will the national nightmare end.

Supporters of Title IX recently have become alarmed by some Bush administration proposals that they regard as turning the clock back on educational opportunities for women.

I think the Washington Post Staff Writer means supporters of the way Title IX is being implemented, but you never know. It may not have occurred to the writer that many supporters of Title IX think it has been twisted out of recognition..

The administration announced its intention recently to support single-sex schools and classes. And last week, it declined to comment on the merits of a lawsuit filed by the National Wrestling Coaches Association and other groups challenging Title IX athletic protections. It argued instead that the suit should be dismissed on procedural grounds.

This story is so skewed it turns a conservative defeat into a victory (but thanks for the reverie). Interest groups fighting the quota mentality of Title IX were crushed that the Bush Administration did not take up the cudgels on this one.

The contention of the National Washington Post Women's Law Center is that women are not enrolling in vocational classes that lead to higher-paying jobs than cosmetology. That could be an interesting discussion, if there actually were one.

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