School district bans trainings based on gender differences

WEST MILFORD, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey school district won’t use teacher training methods from a group that stresses gender differences in learning.

The West Milford Township School District had contracted with the Spokane, Washington-based Gurian Institute in 2017 but agreed this week with the state Division on Civil Rights to prohibit the institute’s methods.

The institute’s website argues girls don’t perform as well as boys on timed tests because they are threatened by pressure, and that boys are bored more easily. Its website lists dozens of private and faith-based schools nationwide that it says use its methods. It didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking comment Friday.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint with the state last year about the training methods.

About 4,000 students attend school in West Milford, about 30 miles northwest of New York City.

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