Gender inequality in classroom

Tiffany Brar
Posted May 1, 2019 from India

 

Today a question was put forward while allotting classroom and hostel room arrangements for our blind children in my school. It is a simple question, but with depth meaning.

“Why hostel rooms should be labeled as boy’s room & girl’s room and why there should be separate seating arrangements for boys and girls in the classroom? Is that a strong sign of gender discrimination?”

I would like to share my views with all my world pulse members, which I shared with my fellow colleagues.

In Indian school setup, boys and girls are allowed to seat separate rows in the classroom, not together. Why can’t they sit together in the classroom? This kind of setup starts when the children are enrolled in their kindergarten classes itself. Gender discrimination is an important issue that I face right from my childhood in Indian scenario of classroom setup.

According to me “Gender identity is one’s personal experience of one’s own gender”. The children are discriminated at the early stage itself in primary classrooms, as boys group and girls group, where they don’t know what gender is? Is that fair when boys and girls are separated, when they don’t even know nor have a stable sense on what gender identity is?

I have experienced situations like, my teacher saying “boys and girls form a separate group, boys don’t talk with girls, boys and girls submit your records separately, girls have secured high marks compared to boys, boys and girls go in a separate line, teachers reading all the boys name first and girls name at the last during attendance period”, girls are appreciated  for the neatness& orderliness of their work or their appearance and look, boys receiving attributes depending on attempt and aptitude  and so on.

Yes, now gone are those discrimination days… I would like to sow the seed of gender equality in my blind school in the present scenario, which is going to be a milestone in our education system.

Gender is just a social construct, so am going to make sure of these social norms are left out of the classroom doors and children have the full right to participate equally and learn from nature and play way method.

The kids will be addressed as children or students rather than to be called as boys and girls. I think this is the best way to avoid gender bias in classroom.

According to me the classroom should be more inclusive for the children and thus we can make sure that boys and girls (children) get the same attention and opportunities to involve themselves in the classroom.

 

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Jill Langhus
May 01
May 01

Bravo Tiffany,

I totally, and wholeheartedly agree. I've been thinking this forever, and I'm so pleased to hear that you're implementing this new socialization model for students going forward. The old, outdated model totally perpetuates biases, old norms and harmful beliefs that don't help girls and boys to achieve everything that they can while also embracing both gender strengths, with mutual respect, honor and love. If every teacher embraced this model, I can only imagine how this would change our world for future generations. So many people just assume when boys are growing up, and start ostracizing girls and their perceived ways that it's just part of growing up, but I've been thinking and saying for a long time that it wasn't true. "Boys will be boys" is a disempowering and harmful enabler for both boys and girls. It sets them down a trajectory for the rest of their lives. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for sharing your post. I can't wait to see updates from you on how this change unfolds for your students and how it empowers them, and ultimately changes their behavior and futures.

Hope you're having a great day!

Tiffany Brar
May 10
May 10

hey jil..

GENDER EQUALITY - i feel it is the best way to start this concept at the schools which can help in a better inclusion. Women should be treated with love and respect forever and the seeds can be sowed for this in schools only. I strongly disagree with the stereotype attitude of the society saying that" boy will be always boys" and "boys are superior and a step ahead of girls".

I have faced many discrimination in my society on the basis of gender. I am sick of hearing the words " they are boys and they now what to do ".

If so what about the girls? This is the society where i live in and trying my level best to change this as an activist.

Will definitely keep you updated on this and need your support through prayers.

Thanks so much jil and a great week ahead

Jill Langhus
May 10
May 10

Hi Tiffany:-)

Exactly!

Good job once again, dear:-)

Looking forward to updates, and you got my well wishes, dear, for continued strength and success... always:-)

You're very welcome. You, Too!

Dawn Arteaga
May 01
May 01

YES! YES! YES! I love everything about your approach and support you wholeheartedly! As the mother of someone who was labeled a gender at birth that doesn't match her gender identity, it can be very painful for children to be labeled by their gender at such an early age, when like you said, they aren't able to articulate their gender identity yet. Keep up the great work!

Tiffany Brar
May 10
May 10

hey dawn,
your comments are so boosting and energetic and makes me to feel go ahead in this with high confidence and energy.
labeling on the basis of gender, where the students doesn't even know the concept of gender at the early stage itself is really pathetic and it has to be changed.

Thanks for your positive feedback and acknowledgement.

plz do visit

http://jyothirgamayaindia.org/
https://www.facebook.com/jyothirgamaya/

Dawn Arteaga
May 10
May 10

Oh thanks for sharing! I just liked your Facebook page and look forward to reading more of your stories!

Hello, Tiffany,

You are very observant and a great thinker. I have no experience of being separated from boys growing up. We were more likely arranged based on our surnames. Schools are very influential on how they shape their students. Thank you for feeling so strongly about gender inequality and gender bias.

Tiffany Brar
May 10
May 10

hello karen,
yes as you mentioned schools shape the life of children and when proper sensitization is given on gender, there will not be any discrimination or bias nature.
i will always assure and feel that schools are the best platform for this concept.

thanks for the post.
have a great week ahead.

plz do visit
http://jyothirgamayaindia.org/
https://www.facebook.com/jyothirgamaya/

Kirthi
May 04
May 04

SO BEAUTIFUL, Tiffany! Thank you very much for sharing <3

Tiffany Brar
May 10
May 10

hey kirthi,
thanks so much for the comments.
as we both are from India we know how gender discrimination creates a negative impact on the life of young children and it makes the children to lose their confidence at the young stage itself.
its time to change all those and to show gender equality in schools and colleges will definitely bring in a positive change in the education system and in our traditional society.

you are an inspiring young women in worldpulse family and your post on sahas app is really interesting and helps the women community a lot.

keep updating..

plz do visit

http://jyothirgamayaindia.org/
https://www.facebook.com/jyothirgamaya/

Adriana Greenblatt
May 04
May 04

Tiffany, so great to e-meet you! I love this approach. You are an innovative thinker and I want to offer my support to you from Montreal, Canada!! I agree with Jill I want to hear about what changes you feel come up, which I know will, through you taking courageous action. This is an amazing example of social change on a day to day level, and the approach that I firmly believe we need to take to gender equality (which is more than just BOY and GIRL as you aptly expressed) and I thank you, thank you, thank you again for sharing Tiffany!!

Hugs from Montreal, Canada and please keep writing,
Adriana

Tiffany Brar
May 10
May 10

hi adriana,
thanks so much for the most boosting words and it is an acknowledgment and assurance for me that i am in the right path.
Gender inequality is a serious problem that I am observing all over my country. the reason may be due to the traditional mind set up and lack of proper awareness.

it's time to bring a positive change on gender equality and i feel it has to be started from school at the early stage.

Will definitely let you know and join hands with you , so that we can start hands on project in India towards gender equality.

Will keep updated.

Best wishes and have a wonderful day ahead.

plz do visit

http://jyothirgamayaindia.org/
https://www.facebook.com/jyothirgamaya/

Adriana Greenblatt
May 11
May 11

Yay! Amazing TIffany thank you for sharing so now I can LIKE the work you do on facebook, go go go Tiffany and keep on this amazing path! I look forward to hearing how things progress!!
Adriana

Olutosin
May 06
May 06

Tiffy!
This is perfect.

May 10
May 10
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Tiffany Brar
May 10
May 10

hey olutosin,
the one word "PERFECT" makes is very supporting and motivating and it makes me to move ahead in the concept of gender equality.
Have a great week end ahead.

Seka
May 06
May 06

Very good initiative dear Tiffany. The change is possible with you dear. May God help you.
Seka

Tiffany Brar
May 09
May 09

hey sekha,
thanks for your supporting comments.
yes, change is possible within ever one.