Patrick Brophy

I have been out of the classroom for a few years but some stark examples come to mind. During the transition to secondary school, home economics and woodwork typically seen as genderised subjects and pushback from parents when their child expresses an interest in them! Over the years I have seen boys given many opportunities to excel in sport where girls are encouraged to either cheer or chat on the sideline. We have made a conscious effort in our developing school to promote sport for girls, making sure they have equal competitive play opportunities and a proper sponsored kit, and that their success is celebrated equally. Our main strategy for promotion of gender equality is clear communication from junior infant induction that we are an equality based school and each student is treated the same from day one. As a classroom teacher, the pink crayon in ‘The day the crayons quit’ always makes a child friendly, thought provoking argument for gender equality!

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