Over the past few months I’ve been researching Adventure Books for Kids and what a surprise... I’ve found a glaring disparity among the sexes.
Sure, this is nothing new, but it got me thinking. Why is it that in the: Adventure Book for Boys, there’s a plethora of awesome chapters like: “How to Build a Rope Ladder” and “What To Do When Attacked By a Bear"?
But in the Book of Girl’s Adventures, there is an abundance of headings such as: “How to Decorate a Sea Shell Alarm Clock” and “Journaling with Stickers”?
What a bum deal? One kid grows up MacGiver / Robinson Crusoe, the other might as well start preparing to live with her cats.
Even the names of the books suggest something comically disproportionate: Active adventure seeks boys out; girls seek adventure privately from within.
Contrary, as an educator, we attempt to balance our critical thinking skills in the classroom.
Here’s a list of skills a strong teacher would have both male and female students demonstrate throughout the year: Analysis, Inference, Evaluation, Explanation, Clarification, Accuracy, Precision, Relevance, Significance, Fairness, Observation, Interpretation, and Credibility. (Fun Huh?)