Wednesday, January 29, 2003
John Irving, writer, Academy-Award winner and a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, wrote about Title IX yesterday in the New York Times:
I hope the commission will realize that what's wrong with Title IX isn't Title IX. What's wrong is that, in practice, there are two Title IX's. The first Title IX was the one passed by Congress in 1972 to put an end to sex discrimination in schools — good for the original Title IX! The second Title IX, the one currently enforced, is the product of a policy interpretation in 1979 by the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (but never debated or approved by Congress) — and which is functioning as a gender quota law.
It's a splendid piece, but be forewarned that the Op-Ed is broken up into three sections, an increasingly common and aggravating practice at the NYT, probably to give them a chance to sell more ads.
The Department of Education's Title IX Commission meets today and I believe tomorrow; I hope to give you a readout.