Yes, it’s Monday once again and as you hide behind your very large lever arch file in the conference room hoping you won’t be caught snoozing during the morning brief being given by your boss, we would like to dazzle your brain cells with a gentle if slightly controversial wake up call, and today that call comes in the form of a very unusual pre-school in Sweden and their educational ethos.
The school has attracted a lot of attention in the last couple of years because it is attempting to bridge the gap between boys and girls by changing the way these children relate to one another. The teachers at the school do not use pronouns like “him” or “her”, instead preferring to borrow gender neutral words from other languages to get children as young as three months to relate to each other without taking their gender into account. The thinking behind this philosophy is to try to help tackle negative sexist distinctions.
So, our question to you this fine day, is do you think this is a good way to go about reducing sexism or do you think otherwise?