Is law school sexist? Or, to pose the question another way, is the Socratic method employed in many law-school classrooms sexist? Some folks are making that argument.
According to the Harvard Crimson, “Among the top students in their graduating classes, men and women entering Harvard Law School earn similar undergraduate grades and LSAT scores. But as soon as students step into Wasserstein Hall, a dramatic gender disparity emerges.”
Also, they’re saying this:
According to a 2012 study at Yale Law School, men made 58 percent of comments in the classroom, while women made 42 percent.
Yet the root cause of this disparity remains contested, as professors, students, and administrators debate whether the Socratic method — the traditional form of legal pedagogy — needs to be adapted to account for gender disparities in the classroom.
For many in the Law School, the Socratic method is an outdated teaching style that reinforces gender imbalances in academia.
Let me get this striaght. So rather than helping female law students gain more confidence to speak up in class, the answer is to stop asking students to speak up at all? Is this really a good solution? Or is this simply one more example of “the soft bigotry of low expectations” we are used to seeing from liberals whenever try to “fix” underperformance among one of their favored groups?
I wonder what Larry Summers would have to say about all this . . .