Karen Keller, a Washington kindergarten teacher, is trying a very unorthodox method to try to dumb down the boys in her charge in the name of “gender equality.” She doesn’t allow boys to play with Legos.
She bought Lego kits for 3 classrooms solely for girls to play with, giving boys the simpler Tinkertoys and marble tracks.
“I always tell the boys, ‘You’re going to have a turn’ — and I’m like, ‘Yeah, when hell freezes over’ in my head,” she said. “I tell them, ‘You’ll have a turn’ because I don’t want them to feel bad.”
So you’re so scared about how smart these boys could become that you don’t want them reaching their full potential? What are you saying about the girls in the class? To me, it sounds like you think the girl’s mental capacities falls short of the boys, and you don’t think that, given the access to the same toys, the girls could keep up.
She claimed that she first came up with the idea when she noticed that during the “free play” time of class, boys would pay with various sorts of building blocks, and the girls would play with toys like dolls and crayons. She figured that the best way to get the girls to catch up was to deny boys access to creative toys in hopes that girls would then play with the freed up toys.
Keller, there’s a couple problems with your line of thought. What if the girls in that class genuinely don’t want to play with Legos and prefer their dolls? Are you going to take their dolls away too so that they’re forced to play with Legos? All you’re doing is making “free time” a lot less… free.
From The Washington Examiner:
Keller had originally tried to entice the girls by providing pink and purple Legos, “But it wasn’t enough.” So she requested a grant from her school to purchase Lego Education Community Starter Kits for three classrooms at the Captain Johnston Blakely Elementary school, where she has taught for seven years. She requested the grant without telling the school she would be denying boys access to the toys.
“I just feel like we are still so far behind in promoting gender equity,” Keller said.
Now, if Keller had done some additional research, she might have learned that in the past decade, girls have been catching up to boys in math and science skills and have surpassed boys in many other skills. In fact, a study from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a French think-tank, found that teenage boys are 50 percent more likely than girls to fail at achieving basic proficiency in math, reading and science. Boys are also behind girls in literacy skills.
Feminists are so blind to what is actually going on in this world that they’re willing to do ridiculous things like denying boys their opportunity to reach their full potential.
Lady, if you have that much of a grudge against 5 year old boys, maybe you shouldn’t be teaching kindergarten…
H/T: Washington Examiner