Parents who wish to segregate their children by sex, race, religion, economic status, or any other divisor can and do accomplish this by sending them to private schools. But as a long-ago graduate of an academically excellent all-boys public high school (thankfully long since turned coed) I can testify to the impediments a single-sex school placed on my own development and maturation.
I read now (Almanac, Feb. 13) that Ormondale principal Jennifer Warren, the main engineer of the all-boys classes, worked with the private San Francisco Town School For Boys in implementing the single-sex setup at Ormondale School. And that, moreover, she has parlayed that interaction into a new job for herself at that private school. This places a still more unfavorable light on a questionable action.
Last year I expressed my disapproval of this action by exercising, for the first time, my right to senior exemption from the Portola Valley school parcel tax, something I had not done before because I feel a strong commitment to the public school system. Now I will not only continue to do so but will oppose the forthcoming parcel tax extension/increase.