One Chinese school is doing its best to address an evident crisis choking elementary classrooms, where young boys seem to have already become timid than their female rivals. This Shanghai’s school appears to be the first to make use of gender education already for five year-old schoolchildren. The major purpose is to work out traditional concepts of masculinity in boys, while raising femininity in girls is another concern.
According to a recent report made by the state-run China Daily, Shanghai’s Haoertong Kindergarten noticed that boys had become what’s traditionally considered to be less masculine, to put it mildly. An evident boy crisis was discovered by some teachers. They saw that their boys were getting physically weaker and even emotionally more vulnerable compared to girls. Their parents also shared this deep concern with teachers.
Xu Hui, the school’s principal told the paper that the number one objective was to introduce some of the best personal qualities in men valued by Chinese tradition. These are the courage to overcome difficulties, bravery, not to mention the must-have sense of responsibility. As for girls, the school intends to cultivate carefulness, gentleness and certainly grace. The very essence of the school’s upcoming solution suggests introducing a program, including two gender-specific classrooms, where learners take part in traditionally boy- or girl-oriented activities.
Twice a week, girls and boys spend up to 30 minutes developing their respectively, feminine and masculine personal traits, when separated into individual classrooms. In the boy’s classroom, kids play with pint-size versions of sports equipment, including golf clubs, baseballs, bows, race cars as well as arrows.
The classroom also boasts a tiny sandbox, where boys are encouraged to play with army men as well as fake weaponry and also play-fight their classmates. After thirty minutes of such an active and masculine playtime, one of the school’s male tutors assist them in practicing just a few kung fu moves before going on with their day. It’s clear that when boys play with boys, they’re used to playing more freely and wildly and that’s quite natural, that’s how it should be.
As for the girls’ club, it also takes a traditional gender role position. Well, their classroom, done up in pink, boasts a corner, where girls learn to create flower bouquets. The classroom also has a tiny fake kitchen where they can learn cooking with plastic food items.
One Chinese school is doing its best to address an evident crisis choking elementary classrooms, where young boys seem to have already become timid than their female rivals. This Shanghai’s school appears to be the first to make use of gender education already for five year-old schoolchildren.