Anybody who has worked with small children knows that one of the fastest ways to get a large group of them to be quiet (or do anything else you’d like them to do) is to pit the girls against the boys. But, what if we didn’t do that? A school in Stolkholm, Sweden is experimenting with this possibility–even going so far as to remove gendered pronouns from their forms of address whenever possible. The technique is drawing criticism, but it raises some interesting questions about the effects that an educational system can have on gendered behavior. You can read more about this on the Huffington Post, by clicking on this link about the school: Egalia.
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