Reply To: Module 2 – Gender

Robert Cheevers

I’ve observed gender stereotypes on numerous occasions in class. Ranging from choice of colours in infant classes to the type of clothing children wear on a non-uniform day. Boys wearing loose clothing and trousers while girls dress as princesses. One such scenario in the classroom when using scratch in computer lessons with junior classes, was girls choosing flowers and princesses in their programming creations while the boys use knights or football in their animations. Similar to senior classes whilst using the canva facility. Boys tend to choose sporting idols or predators in creating posters, presentations, and videos. The girls chose pop stars and cute pets. When asked for feedback children don’t give appropriate reasons for selecting specific objects or items within the facilities. Pardon the pun but it seems they’re programmed to choose things without questioning why.
Development education could challenge these stereotypes through discussion and using specific language to break down these stereotypes. Our DEIS school would welcome guests to speak to the children for development education purposes and for greater exposure to individuals they may encounter even though they may be in their communities. It’s an opportunity for them to ask questions. With events such as international day children observe different cultures within their communities can only break down the stereotypes.

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