Wise says the prompt at Sunday Scribblings. In the UK we have an organisation named WISE which aims to support educators and employers to inspire girls and women into the traditionally male dominated areas of Science, Technology, Mathematics and Engineering. The WISE website has loads of great resources to use in school and links to sites like ‘Nerdy Day Trips‘.
As a maths specialist I think it’s so important that young girls are encouraged to realise that they can be just as good at these subjects (if not better!) than the boys. I teach lots of girls who think that they either can’t compete with the boys or that they can’t be as good because they’re girls. Utter rubbish I always tell them! I go overboard to encourage them to try their best and try to change their belief that they can’t ever be any good at it.
The site is mainly aimed at secondary teachers but I’ve found some useful activities for primary school children, they just needed a little bit of adaptation.
3 thoughts on “Sunday Scribblings: Wise”
I was saddened to read you article on schooling. 60 or more years ago I don’t think there was so much of a problem. Certainly girls were more focused on the whole range of subjects available then and didn’t see them as particularly male oriented. Perhaps my school in the UK had teachers that were less biased themselves or more enthusiastic like you! Good luck in your persuasion.
I always thought it was pretty balanced when I went to school, although there were certain subjects such as home economics which were aimed at girls and metal/woodwork for us boys. I went on to become a chef!
What an interesting take on the prompt. At an all Girl’s school I had a young and enthusiastic lady teacher for Maths and Sciences and I did well. My father was moved in his job and I was moved to a co-ed. In those days girls were not expected to be as good as the boys in these subjects and after being well ahead on arrival I soon lost interest in the subjects.
It is sad that this prejudice still exists today.