I’d like to share a great blog post I found while rummaging around on a STEM education Google+ community. It’s from “Listing Towards 40,” written by Kim Z. Dale. She discusses, with several real-life examples, the “pinkification” of STEM education foisted on so many girls growing up (and the boys are seeing this, too, of course, and coming to their own conclusions).
Girls are underrepresented in STEM fields, but how can we get more girls interested in science, technology, engineering, and math? To date many STEM education initiatives have taken the sex ed approach. Girls are isolated from the boys and given their own, gender-specific, introduction to coding, building, and problem solving. The intentions are good, but segregation keeps girls cast as outsiders in STEM fields.
Do we really need to dress up science and technology education to hide the bitter taste like it was so much arugula? Do we need to exclude boys from “special” programs intended to draw girls in? It all feels terribly wrong.
Girls and Software, by Susan Sons (Linux Journal)
GoldieBlox Ad Encourages Girls to Try Engineering (US News and World Report)