Saturday, December 29, 2007

Give Me A Gun So I Can Learn

Interesting. The practice of killing and maiming is a valid educational tool for boys between the ages of three and five who otherwise cannot keep up with the girls. This from the UK Department for Children, Schools, and Families which "leads work across Government to ensure that all children and young people: stay healthy and safe, secure an excellent education and the highest possible standards of achievement, enjoy their childhood,make a positive contribution to society and the economy, have lives full of opportunity, free from the effects of poverty." So, allowing boys to be rambunctious outside during recess in the fresh air is ineffective unless they have a plastic AK-47 at the ready. Perhaps they have missed the true point. If the boys were playing with pink sparkle microscopes and sewing machines like the little girls are forced to do, *then* they would be learning more.

Thank goodness that The National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) is not agreeing with this poppycock. Chris Keates, the general secretary of NASUWT points out the obvious, "Many parents take the decision that their children won't have toy weapons. In addition to that, I think this is a clear example of gender stereotyping."


Agincourt said...

Good point Maus! And bonus points for use of the word 'poppycock'!

La Pobre Habladora said...

Perhaps the point is that nothing instills a love of learning in young boys like the fear of armed conflict. Really, toy guns could be used to teach under-achieving males about the draft and college deferments. That will help them hit the books!

Anonymous said...

Wow. Just - wow.