Paul Rolly's story on the Salt Lake County Library's "No Girls Allowed" classes brought back a 50-year-old personal heartbreak ("Preparing girls for the future?" Tribune, April 10).
It was a beautiful spring day in suburban St. Louis when a fifth-grade girl stayed inside, eager to hear about the after-school science club. After outlining the tempting activities, the teacher concluded: "Just one more thing. Girls don't belong in science club." Like most of the arbitrary rules then in America's heartland about who didn't belong, this one proved unassailable.
So I read about the library's plans with dismay. I don't oppose single-sex activities per se, but unless comparable challenges are offered for the other sex, somebody gets short-changed.