Australia training 4,000 teachers to root out sexism in preschoolers

Australia training 4,000 teachers to root out sexism in preschoolers

Four thousand teachers in Australia are to be put through a training program specially designed to help them root out sexism in pre-schoolers.

The regional government in Victoria is developing a course to help educators spot children who “enact sexist values, beliefs and attitudes” from the age of four.

According to The Australian, the new project will cost taxpayers $3.4million AUS ($2.6million US).

A tender document released by state officials cites research showing that kids are already operating within “gendered norms” at pre-school and need “anti-bias” strategies to help educate them out of it.

The document said:

As young children learn about gender, they may also begin to enact sexist values, beliefs and attitudes that may contribute to disrespect and gender inequality.

Professional learning will ­increase the capacity of early childhood educators to understand and implement respectful relationships and gender equality into their program delivery.

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