Deirdre Seery

As a teacher, I’ve seen how gender stereotypes can affect kids, even at a young age. It’s similar to that time we did a group project using building blocks. Boys generally built cars and robots, while girls mostly built houses and gardens. Some of the children appeared to be trapped in their prescribed roles, with boys taking charge and girls providing more support.

Considering that, we can employ better teaching strategies to combat these preconceptions. We should foster an inclusive environment in which all children feel free to pursue their interests, regardless of what society says is “for boys” or “for girls.” Let’s switch things up so that boys can do things like caring and girls can try problem-solving and leadership.
<p class=”MsoNormal”>In addition, we can use books, movies, and class discussions to challenge preconceptions and demonstrate various role models who deviated from the norm. By doing so, we educate children to be themselves and be proud of it, regardless of what others perceive based on gender. It is our responsibility as instructors to assist students develop confidence and the sense that they can break stereotypes and make the world better for everyone.</p>

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