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Where Girls Come First: The Rise, Fall, and Surprising Revival of Girls' Schools


reviewed by Teri Castelow — 2006

coverTitle: Where Girls Come First: The Rise, Fall, and Surprising Revival of Girls' Schools
Author(s): Ilana DeBare
Publisher: Penguin,
ISBN: 1585423947, Pages: 392, Year: 2005
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As there has been a growing movement toward providing educational choices for America’s children, some communities are experimenting with single-sex education.  In Oakland, California, Ilana DeBare became involved in the creation of an independent girls’ middle school.  DeBare describes the process involved in opening the Julia Morgan School in her book, Where Girls Come First: The Rise, Fall, and Surprising Revival of Girls’ Schools.  However, this work is much more than a description of a developing school.  DeBare also documents the history of education for girls in the United States for the last two hundred years. Inspired by the research of psychologists such as Mary Pipher and her work Reviving Ophelia (1994), DeBare joined a small group of like minded parents to create a school that they hoped would provide a better opportunity for adolescent girls.  However, DeBare also began to research the origins of girls’ education, and “what [she]... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 1, 2006, p. 128-132
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12065, Date Accessed: 12/16/2017 1:55:22 PM

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  • Teri Castelow
    University of Memphis
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    TERI CASTELOW is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Leadership at the University of Memphis. She is interested in the history of education in general and women’s education in particular. She is currently working on a history of a missionary teacher who worked among the Cherokee and eventually opened her own female seminary in Arkansas. A portion of this research was included as a chapter in Chartered Schools: Two Hundred Years of Independent Academies in the United States, 1727-1925.
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