Learning Like a Girl

Educating Our Daughters in Schools of Their Own


By Diana Meehan

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Faced with a spirited eleven-year-old daughter, a concern about what therapists have called a ‘poisonous’ youth culture — especially for girls — and a conviction that parents need powerful tools to help their daughters realize their potential, educator-activist Diana Meehan was disappointed in the selection of schools available. So she decided along with two other mothers to create one, based on social science and brain research on how girls learn best. The result, The Archer School in L.A., has in only ten years become a model for girls’ schools nationwide.

In this entertaining, inspiring book, Meehan describes her obstacle-ridden journey to create a new institution to serve girls first and foremost, while laying out through vivid stories and examples what girls need to thrive. She explains why co-education so often doesn’t serve them (just as it doesn’t serve boys), takes sides in the controversy over male/female learning differences, and advocates for schools’ role in giving girls tools to navigate through our sexualized, materialistic culture. She also visits other schools around the country — private and public — to show how single sex education works, and how every girl everywhere can benefit from having a classroom of her own.

On Sale
May 22, 2007
Page Count
320 pages

Diana Meehan

About the Author

Diana Meehan, Ph.D., is the founding director of the Archer School for Girls and of the Institute for the Study of Women and Men at USC. She currently serves on the Board of the Schlesinger Library at Harvard, the Children’s Action Network, and the Hollywood Policy Center.

Meehan is a founding partner of VU Productions — a documentary film company attached to Paramount. Among her award-winning productions are Women in War (A&E) and A Century of Women (Turner Broadcasting). She is married to writer-producer Gary David Goldberg.

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