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Where Girls Come First Paperback – March 3, 2005
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About the Author
Ilana DeBare helped found the Julia Morgan School for Girls in Oakland, California. She is formerly a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle and The Sacramento Bee.
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My only frustration was with the writing style--having worked as a journalist, DeBare often uses short, simple sentences to the point of irritation, but this style also makes her book an easy read that doesn't bog down her reader. Highly recommended for anyone interested in single-sex education!
I read this book before enrolling my daughter in a Catholic High School profiled in the book, before I had any knowledge or opinions of how positive the experience would be. I can say with great certainty that this type of education is not good for anyone. The girls are aimed at the least common denominator; financial resources are just not adequate; administrative positions are antiquated and intractable. Parent of boys would just not put up with the deficiencies present in this type of girl's school
Julia Morgan, which Ms. DeBare helped create, is a school created by the parents with parents in mind. This turns out to be a positive formula as it keeps parents very much in the lives of their middle school girls. This is very different than the girl's schools of old, where parents are turned aside at the door and realize too late that they've sacrificed the quality of education for some degree of "safety".
This book should have asked the hard questions -- do the schools profiled offer a better educational experience for girls that at comparable co-ed schools? If not why not? If so, why aren't they flourishing?