The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), a group of angry, feminist lawyers are intimidating high school districts throughout the nation. They want schools to offer exactly equal opportunities to girls as to boys in high school sports by establishing a strict quota system. To some, this may sound fair on its surface, but in reality, its execution has meant the closure of popular varsity sports for men throughout the nation in favor of female sport teams where coaches can hardly muster a team or find a league to play in and which generates even less public interest.
When very small girls are given toy trucks to play with, they naturally reject them; boys don’t. These behaviors have been well documented in studies of six month old children by researchers. This is way before gender stereo types are inculcated into the children. Boys like to wrestle, girls don’t. Shall we force girls to have wrestling teams or just abandon boy’s teams if we can’t have an equal girl’s team? Yet, this is the precisely the scenario being played out throughout the nation. There are differences between genders and throughout history, and in disparate civilizations, men were the warriors and the athletes well before federal Title IX programs which tried to artificially level the playing field.
Title IX of the Federal Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits intentional gender-based discrimination in most educational programs that receive federal funds. The debate that has been shadowing Title IX is not due to the law itself, which on its face is reasonable. The debate has been about defining “discrimination” and then identifying the remedies for this discrimination if and when discovered.
Title IX actually outlaws reaching these goals by the use of quotas.
So naturally, the bureaucrats in the US Department of Education, who play the cops in distributing federal funds, have essentially created a system of quotas. If 60 percent of a school are comprised of girls, they need to have more athletic sports than the boys. This is precisely what the law was trying to prohibit in the first place. Yet, this is the very system that is in place in universities across the nation and now the government is foisting this strict quota formula to high school sports as well. They’re trying to shut off the switch on Friday Night Lights.
The Title IX law requires that there be evidence of discrimination, not just a showing of numbers of a certain gender within a population. For example, if more minorities are in jail than their proportion to the population, does this mean that the justice system is discriminating against them? No, it means proportionately, more minorities commit crimes. Using the theory that the government, at the urging of femi-nazis, are foisting on our schools, we would be releasing minorities from prison just because minorities are over represented in prisons: without evidence that a conviction was due to “discrimination”. Similarly, no evidence shows that there was any discrimination applied to sports in high schools. The teams and the leagues are formed organically, where there is student interest, a team or a league is formed.
Fortunately, the non-profit, conservative Pacific Legal Foundation has entered the fray on behalf of common sense. They’ve written letters to the 12 regional offices of the U.S. Office of Civil Rights saying high school sports should not be subject to a quota system and that such a system is unlawful. This is a first step before they institute a federal lawsuit.
Hopefully, the Pacific Legal Foundation will be able to keep the lights burning on the Friday Night Lights before the nefarious National Women’s Law Center succeeds in shutting them off.