News No boys allowed: Feminist teacher imposes ban on Legos for boys

Discussion in 'The Howard Stern Show' started by playitagainfred, Nov 19, 2015.

  1. playitagainfred

    playitagainfred Well-Known Member

    Reputations:
    7,589
    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2012
    Messages:
    3,612
    Likes Received:
    7,454
  2. Limo Wreck

    Limo Wreck Aboard the great mothership Gold

    Reputations:
    2,354
    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2011
    Messages:
    9,015
    Likes Received:
    19,628
    [​IMG]


    A kindergarten teacher in Bainbridge Island, Washington decided to attack what she sees as gender inequity by preventing her boy students from playing with the Legos in her classroom. Only girls were allowed to play with them.

    Karen Keller, who teaches at Blakely Elementary School, has been trying to get girls more interested in science and math and noticed that during the 30-minute “free-choice” time at the end of the school day, the boys frequently played with Legos. The girls did not. Keller decided to bar the boys from the building materials so girls would not be intimidated to play with them.

    In an interview with the Bainbridge Island Review, Keller said, “I always tell the boys, ‘you’re going to have a turn- and I’m like, ‘yeah, when hell freezes over’ in my head. I tell them, ‘You’ll have a turn’ because I don’t want them to feel bad.”

    Keller cites research showing the benefits of kids having open-ended “trial and error” play with building materials like Legos. She determined that without her intervention the girls would continue to miss out on developing important spatial and math skills. She even got help from the Bainbridge Schools Foundation.

    The parent-led school support group gave Keller a grant to purchase several new sets of Legos for the school. The grant was titled, ‘Deconstructing Gender Play in the Kindergarten Classroom.’


    When KIRO Radio host Dori Monson heard about Keller’s Lego lesson, he was incredulous. Monson asked his listeners, “Why do we have to tear down boys to elevate girls?” Monson, who is the father of three girls also said, “If girls want to play with dolls and boys want to play with Legos, why do we have adults in the public schools who feel like they have to make a social statement about gender equity?”

    The Bainbridge Island School District released a response to the controversy saying the boy Lego ban was an “isolated, short term practice” that ended in October. District spokeswoman Galen Crawford wrote, “All students in all classrooms have and will continue to have access to all instructional and non-instructional materials. BISD is committed to providing equal opportunities for all persons. The district does not discriminate.”

    In the same news release, the district issued a lengthy statement from the teacher, Karen Keller. It read in part, “I proposed allowing girls to have an unencumbered opportunity to become more comfortable working with Legos in an attempt to support girls with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). I treat all of my students with equal respect and kindness. Every student in my class has access to all curricular materials, including Legos.”
     
  3. Angry Arab

    Angry Arab Well-Known Member VIP

    Reputations:
    20,241
    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2014
    Messages:
    3,249
    Likes Received:
    4,810
  4. Lucky Pierre

    Lucky Pierre Well-Known Member

    Reputations:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2012
    Messages:
    4,630
    Likes Received:
    2,760
    In Karen Keller’s kindergarten classroom, boys can’t play with Legos.

    They can have their pick of Tinkertoys and marble tracks, but the colorful bricks are “girls only.”

    “I always tell the boys, ‘You’re going to have a turn’ — and I’m like, ‘Yeah, when hell freezes over’ in my head,” she said. “I tell them, ‘You’ll have a turn’ because I don’t want them to feel bad.”

    Although her approach might anger some parents, Keller is sticking to her guns: It’s all part of a plan to get girls building during “free choice,” the 40 minutes of unstructured play time embedded at the end of every school day.

    Injustice or ingeniousness?

    For years, Keller, who has taught at Captain Johnston Blakely Elementary since 2008, watched with discouragement as self-segregation defined her classroom — her boy students flocked to the building blocks while her girl students played with dolls and crayons and staples, toys that offered them little challenge or opportunity to fail and develop perseverance.

    She did her research and concluded that something had to give; her girl students were indeed missing out.

    Play linked to spatial skills

    Lego play, Keller found, has been widely attributed to accelerating development and helping children fine-tune spatial and math skills, two of the largest areas of cognitive disparity between men and women.

    Further, female STEM role models are few and far between, and part of the reason for their underrepresentation, Keller believes, are the gender stereotypes women are socialized into from an early age.

    She faults toymakers for reinforcing those roles — “the stuff LEGO is marketing for girls is just so limiting;” ‘girl’ sets replete with themes such as baking, cooking, care-giving, homemaking, decorating and hair styling — but she also faults teachers for not taking action.

    “I just feel like we are still so far behind in promoting gender equity,” Keller explained.

    Which is what led Keller to her classroom experiment.

    If girls were given the opportunity, would they develop different play preferences? She thought so, and she could cite a study or two to back the claim up.

    Guiding “free choice”

    At first, Keller tried enticing her girl students with pink and purple Legos.

    “But it wasn’t enough,” she said. The girls weren’t interested and the boys just expanded their palettes.

    So this past fall, when Bainbridge Schools Foundation announced its Classroom Enrichment Grants, Keller saw her chance to affect change.

    She asked for funding to purchase LEGO Education Community Starter Kits for three Blakely classrooms, writing that “while it’s not necessary to board up the playhouse and adopt the babies out, concrete steps can be taken to ameliorate the gender gap in the kindergarten and present engaging ways to develop girls’ spatial skills.”

    What she didn’t tell BSF, however, was that the boys wouldn’t get to play with the new 1,907-piece sets.

    “I had to do the ‘girls only Lego club’ to boost it more,” she explained. “Boys get ongoing practice and girls are shut out of those activities, which just kills me. Until girls get it into their system that building is cool, building is ‘what I want to do’ — I want to protect that.”

    It’s a fair practice

    In Keller’s mind, it’s a fair practice “because fair is getting what you need to succeed or to get better.” Fair doesn’t have to be the same, and she says her kindergarteners get that.

    At least for now.

    While Keller sees more girls in the building area than before, it’s still not the norm, she said.

    So the boys will just have to wait their turn.

    http://www.bainbridgereview.com/news/343127562.html
    http://mynorthwest.com/76/2846093/N...sland-teacher-imposes-ban-on-popular-activity
     
  5. Anfkid

    Anfkid Blue Banner Mafia Staff Member

    Reputations:
    161,656
    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2012
    Messages:
    79,139
    Likes Received:
    89,892
    [​IMG]
     
    Jayla and Joe Bauers like this.
  6. Joe Bauers

    Joe Bauers Well-Known Member

    Reputations:
    2,325
    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2012
    Messages:
    31,597
    Likes Received:
    48,343
    Legos are so erotic, they give boys bad ideas..:nojj:
     
  7. MrWarmth

    MrWarmth UP YOURS Gold

    Reputations:
    34,849
    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2010
    Messages:
    102,541
    Likes Received:
    52,801
    I used to make airplanes out of my Mom's clothespins. :)
     
    babybear, sstressed and Joe Bauers like this.
  8. FishySausage

    FishySausage Original Nuttah VIP

    Reputations:
    57,281
    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2010
    Messages:
    18,750
    Likes Received:
    33,460
    Yes, what a utopia we'll be living in when there is no longer gender and we're all one sexless creature that can do anything from garbage collecting to flower arraigning :facepalm:
     
    Stag, TheLACritic and ScottBaiosPenis like this.
  9. Jayla

    Jayla Ou ai-je l'esprit? Gold

    Reputations:
    531,518
    Joined:
    May 12, 2013
    Messages:
    33,634
    Likes Received:
    75,552
    Huh. I call bs on this. Not sure where the lie is - that she's actually doing it, or not being adequately called on it. But I've been in many classrooms working with 2 yr olds to 5th graders. And I know A LOT about classroom enrichment grants, and this shit simply doesn't happen.

    Edit: or if it does, it's stopped ASAP. Education foundations don't like to give grants that only benefit a tiny portion of a school population. But it happens occasionally and the teacher recipient does have a measure of autonomy with how its used/implemented. But the second parents start to complain, the principal and admin of the district swoop down and put things back in order.
     
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2015
    oldpaddy and IfTheyOnlyKnew like this.
  10. sstressed

    sstressed enhancement toker

    Reputations:
    83,875
    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2011
    Messages:
    48,334
    Likes Received:
    37,467
    social engineers should be beaten daily just for laughs.
     
  11. Shortwave98

    Shortwave98 A-Number 1 Banned User

    Reputations:
    3
    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2013
    Messages:
    31,231
    Likes Received:
    31,971
    Sounds like discrimination if true.
     
  12. suckemnuckledus

    suckemnuckledus Well-Known Member

    Reputations:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2012
    Messages:
    3,190
    Likes Received:
    4,701
    No child left behind. Thanks Bush! It's working out oh so well. [​IMG]
     
    Homerj123 likes this.
  13. Lucky Pierre

    Lucky Pierre Well-Known Member

    Reputations:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2012
    Messages:
    4,630
    Likes Received:
    2,760
    "if true"

    meaning what, genius?

    They fabricated her own words?
     
  14. Shortwave98

    Shortwave98 A-Number 1 Banned User

    Reputations:
    3
    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2013
    Messages:
    31,231
    Likes Received:
    31,971
    Calm down skippy. Read Jayla's post above.
     
  15. Joe Bauers

    Joe Bauers Well-Known Member

    Reputations:
    2,325
    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2012
    Messages:
    31,597
    Likes Received:
    48,343
    Clothes pins ? :haha: You old Fucker.....:happy: I don't know what those are. :happyhappy:
     
    PI Nate and Shortwave98 like this.
  16. AmishGirl

    AmishGirl Well-Known Member VIP

    Reputations:
    16,742
    Joined:
    May 12, 2012
    Messages:
    25,480
    Likes Received:
    23,369
    Man, I loved Legos ....
     
    babybear, cg256, PI Nate and 2 others like this.
  17. NyMarkNy

    NyMarkNy Well-Known Member

    Reputations:
    7,967
    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2012
    Messages:
    5,876
    Likes Received:
    14,271
    The liberals want women to act like men and men to act like women, as if to prove the there is ZERO correlation between your biology and your gender.

    Liberal cunts. I hope they pool together all trannies, muslims, and blacks in one city along with the hippies and we get to watch the destruction. Ill provide the popcorn.
     
  18. Shortwave98

    Shortwave98 A-Number 1 Banned User

    Reputations:
    3
    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2013
    Messages:
    31,231
    Likes Received:
    31,971
    I bet you do! You probably know about the ones without springs!!

    [​IMG]
     
    Joe Bauers likes this.
  19. TheLACritic

    TheLACritic Well-Known Member VIP

    Reputations:
    25,483
    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2012
    Messages:
    3,549
    Likes Received:
    8,723
    Maybe Legos make boys more likely to be rapists, killers and thieves since 90% of those in prison are filled with men. Correlation equals causation, right?
     
    PI Nate and Joe Bauers like this.
  20. Tranquil

    Tranquil Decent! VIP

    Reputations:
    34,474
    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2012
    Messages:
    20,664
    Likes Received:
    12,757
    What is their goal? That we all become one gender? Why is it so hard for people to understand there are more than physical differences between men and women.