The world is constantly changing and adapting to a fast-paced climate full of advances in technology, new and amazing discoveries, and an online environment that connects people all over the world. Schools try to compete with each other by preparing students with coursework that will set them up for college and eventually life.
Yet one school in Spain has seen that while those qualifications will make students successful on the job market, too many students do not have the basic knowledge of life skills they will also need. Not too long ago, skills such as sewing and cooking were practiced mainly by people who hold the title of' homemakers.'
Now, one school has broken down stereotypes of the gender role and also offers homemade classes to boys. Instead of pigeonhole girls into homemade schools, and boys into shop classes, boys are also given the homemade courses. Girls and boys both know that these skills are important whatever career choices they make.
The number of boys taking home economics courses rose from 4.2 per cent to 41.6 per cent from 1968 to 1993 according to the New York Times. This is proof that the once antiquated notion that men belong outside and women belong inside is rapidly changing, tending to the household chores and raising the children.
The Montecastelo School in Spain is one of those schools that promotes breaking inequalities of gender role. The school boldly displays the motto "Equality is achieved through deeds." In modifying the nature of their coursework they show this conviction.
The basic life skills classes teach sewing, cooking, and ironing along with the course work of carpentry, masonry, plumbing, and electricians which started in 2018. Wimp notes that Gabriel Bravo, the school organizer, said it is crucial for boys and girls to learn how to do these stuff when they become adults and have families for a more productive overall life.
The economics teacher, Andres Lunas, said the aim was not only to teach the skills but also to raise awareness of gender equality for the students, Konbini says. He said that the school wanted to teach young men that housework is not just a woman's job but a home duty of all.
So they needed students to know that there might not be a two-person family right out of school and that all students should be self-sufficient in all facets of household management, whether there was a partner in life or not. In the result, young men and women are taught the basics of household chores.
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