Tuesday, September 6, 2016

A classroom video of very surprised children

A group of young children in school were asked by their teacher to draw pictures of a fire fighter, a surgeon and a fighter pilot.The students drew carefully and were proud of their work. Here's one student's picture.

Almost all the children drew pictures of men, not women. This may be because children tend to be more rigid in gender stereotyping. They have a more absolutist sense of rules than adults do. The stereotype that certain jobs are limited to certain genders still prevails among children (and some adults). So kids grow up thinking there are some jobs they can never do because of their gender. If you watch the 2 minute video linked here, you'll see the thrilled expression on childrens' faces when they discover the link between gender and jobs is not as rigid as they believed.  www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3Aweo-74kY

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