Show News June 29, 2011
A Genderless Preschool

From the earliest of ages, children are exposed to gender roles. Girls are given dolls, boys are given trucks. Girls wear pink, boys wear blue.

Well, in Stockholm, Sweden, breaking down gender roles is a primary goal in the national curriculum for preschools because it's believed society gives boys an unfair advantage.

The taxpayer-funded preschool 'Egalia' allows children, ages 1 to 6, to be whoever they want to be, and it ensures they don't fall into gender stereotypes. Staff avoid using words like "him" or "her" and refer to the kids as "friends" as opposed to "girls and boys". The school also avoids separating colours, toys, and books.

But some worry that this method is too drastic, and argue that gender roles are not problematic so long as they are equally valued. They believe the focus should be placed on promoting equality, rather than ditching the idea of gender altogether.

What do you think? Has Sweden gone too far, or is their genderless preschool a positive curriculum shift? Let us know in the comments below.

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