Stereotypical gender roles have been challenged and redefined over the years, with social media playing the part of bringing into light problematic aspects of various spheres of life, including education systems.
One parent took to social media to point out a very disturbing assignment his daughter brought home.
Edinburgh resident William Sutcliffe posted a screenshot of the math assignment, and revealed that it had left his wife “very unimpressed.”
Sutcliffe captioned the tweet: “My daughter’s ‘curriculum for excellence’ math's homework (used throughout Scotland) features sums about women going on spa breaks and calculating weight loss; men buying bikes and doing sit-ups. Very unimpressed wife has changed the names on the worksheet.”
The tweet sparked a flurry of comments from other parents, who slammed the gender stereotypes that the school was imposing on its young students, with some calling for the complete overhaul of the schooling system.
One person commented: “That is clearly a work sheet that can be printed and changed easily. I have been a teacher for 15 years and review each handout before I give it out. We all make mistakes and update our practice. It’s not about money. It’s about people who don’t care.”
Another person put it simply: “And this is why the patriarchy continues to flourish.”
“Grooming is rife in the education system... Even Sex education is based on paedos like kinsey.. Not everyone realises how much education has sunk to new lows! if the truth be known.. Nothing about survival skills (should the world collapse in a heap) or self-worth & discovery!” somebody else wrote.
“That is so depressing. Forty-five years ago I had an article published in the TES about gender stereotyping in primary reading schemes. Looks like little has changed,” another comment read.
A research by Cambridge, which analyzed gender stereotyping in schools, showed that children are more likely to retain stereotypical gender roles in high school if they were not negated during the early years of schooling. Therefore, it is imperative that children be educated on the ambiguity of house work and professional development in regards to gender. Teachers have to be the biggest contributors of this, and they should articulate curriculum that don’t re-impose gender-specific roles.
Sources: The Times of India