Doesn’t a teacher call a student a little unprofessional “pet” anyway?
Teachers have been instructed to refrain from calling students “pet,” “love,” or “buddy,” as they reinforce gender stereotypes that can be harmful later in life.
Caledonia Primary School principal Collette Wright led a conference on equality training at the recent Scottish Learning Festival, where she hoped to shed light on “unconscious bias and the impact of language,” reports The Times.
“It gave people time to think about how they used language and gender names like ‘pet’, ‘love’ and ‘boyfriend’ and how these things can impact what children think. of themselves, ”she told the education conference.
Mhairi Brodie, an official dedicated to improving gender balance and inequalities, also spoke at the Scottish Learning Festival, which echoed Wright’s concerns while deepening the disparities in the education system.
She spoke about the perception that young boys are complicated and messy – and more specifically the difference between that perception and the treatment of young girls.
She said: “Boys from the start of life are treated differently, with midwives holding boys more firmly with the expectation of being more competitive in nature, but also needing more help. for basic tasks like tying shoes. “
In contrast, Brodie said girls are expected to do more, complete tasks, and can take better care of themselves than boys.
She went on to say that the unique approach to education ignores the fact that boys “mature at a slightly slower rate than girls.”
Brodie says literacy is “seen as feminine”, with boys generally learning to read from their mothers and teachers.
“The link between low literacy of men and low educational attainment of men cannot be ignored … and the main difference between boys and girls is that boys have less ability to explain their feelings. and their emotions and, therefore, are more prone to anger and mental illness. “
She goes on to link crime to the treatment of boys by the education system, claiming that drug addiction accounts for 83% of school exclusions and 90% of the UK prison population.