Gender

Beyond the Pink and Blue

This article is beneficial for both parents and teachers to read. This is because this article takes note that gender differences are apparent to children as early as the pre-school age. Four-year old children will judge someone’s gender based upon the length of another child’s hair. A pre-schooler may believe that anyone with long hair must be a female and this same pre-schooler may think that a person’s gender might change because of a haircut. It is important for both parents and teachers to teach students that girls can play with toy trucks if they wanted to and boys could play with dolls if that is what they chose to do. No one should be judged because of this and it is important to tell students this from the start. Our society puts a large emphasis on what it means to be a “girl” and what it means to be a “boy”. In my opinion, girls and boys should be able to act whichever way they choose to act. Who makes these rules of how boys cannot pick up a doll without being made fun of because that is a “girl” thing to do? Teachers and parents must understand that it is important for children to make their own choices and the sex they are biologically born as may not be the gender that they choose to associate themselves with.

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I feel it is important that parents and teachers complete a gender reading of Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree. As a future educator, this book opened my eyes to how much women are seen as catering to men. The tree (woman) is rooted in the ground and cannot move, yet the boy continuously takes from her giving her nothing back in return. This reinforces the idea that men feel entitled in our society and this book feeds into these gender stereotypes. With books like these, children are learning that men are superior in society and can take from women without feeling as if they are doing anything wrong. It is important for adults to not teach these stereotypes to children because these are stereotypes that children will carry with them and pass to their children.

Activities to Promote Gender Equality in Kindergarten

This is an article that would be beneficial for early childhood teachers to read. This article talks about how even group work could be run by gender since most male students fill stereotypical roles as leaders and speak out more in the classroom.Teachers should encourage female students to participate actively in group work, especially in work that involves math or science. That is because these subjects are stereotypically male dominated. Looking at this from a perspective as a future educator, this brings me to the idea of having an equitable classroom. Equal does not always mean equal. In a perfect world, men and women would be treated the same. Males would not have so much pressure on themselves to be seen as the “best” and females would not have to feel inferior to men. I want my future classroom to be equitable, meaning I believe every student should receive the proper tools that they need in order to succeed. I want my students to recognize their own strengths and I want to help them build upon those strengths.

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This J. Crew ad sparked a big debate on gender identity. I feel this is important for parents to be made aware of because people were against this ad simply because they believed this ad was encouraging individuals to give up all traces of their gender identity. This could spark an interesting conversation among parents to see if parents agree or disagree that society puts too much emphasis on gender roles. Parents could openly discuss whether children should be able to decide what gender they would like to associate with regardless of their biological sex.

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