Australia Training 4,000 Teachers to Root Out Sexism in Preschoolers

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By Kieran Corcoran | 6:50 am, March 28, 2017

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.

It will build the capacity of ­educators to use reflective practice to critically evaluate their work with children using anti-bias ­approaches specifically regarding gender bias.

Sex and gender-focused education in Australia has become a highly contentious issue in recent months.

As Heat Street previously reported, public school teachers in the neighboring state of New South Wales were formally banned from teaching gender theory.

As a result of the ruling, there will no longer be lessons describing gender as a “social construct”, or classes on the “infinite possibilities” of gender, illustrated by a character called the Genderbread Man.