Gender-less Preschool -- Say What? Photo: Shutterstock / The Bump
The classic children’s fairy tales Cinderella and Snow White are two of many things you will not find at the gender-unbiased preschool Egalia in Stockholm. According to the Huffington Post, staff at the preschool make it a point to avoid the words “him” or “her,” and deliberately choose every single detail down to the toys and color on the walls to avoid gender stereotypes. The genderless school has raised a lot of questions from parents and psychologists wondering if the children will become confused when they grow up and if the kids would get in trouble if they act in a stereotypically gender-specific way. The school’s director says that while it’s important for the children to understand their biological differences, the school aims to break down the barriers between boys and girls -- and give the kids the freedom to develop their interests and abilities regardless of their gender.
What do you think -- is it a good idea to avoid acknowledging gender in preschool? Why or why not?
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