Schools across the world are revamping their curriculums to give children more essential life skills. The latest change comes from an Australian school after they decided to introduce a new initiative that teaches girls how to change tires and check oil levels.
Schools all across the world are re-thinking some of their lessons.
via: GettyIn an attempt to stamp out the unjust gender stereotypes that have riddled our societies for centuries, some schools have decided to add some new subjects to the list.
And these subjects are said to bring about essential life skills for children...
via: GettySo they are more equipped to complete simple tasks in life.
There's no denying that society's expectations of women have indeed been changing.
via: GettyOver the last half-century, across the developed world, more and more women have gone to work, the gender pay gap has been steadily narrowing, and fathers have spent more time with their children.
However, gender equality for women still lags in one other realm:
via: GettyTheir own homes.
It all started with one school in Spain that challenged the 1950s housewife stereotype...
via: GettyWhile stereotypes placed women in the kitchen and men out working, this school is trying to change this by teaching them that is not just a woman's job to be the housemaker.
Because, believe it or not, some people still think this way.
via: GettyStudies have found that married American mothers spend almost twice as much time on housework and child care than married fathers do.
And, overall in the U.S. women clean more than men do.
via: GettyAmerican men did an average of fifteen minutes of housework each day, while women did forty-five, the American Time Use Study found.
The study also found that most men - seventy-seven percent - did no housework on any given day at all...
via: GettyWhile most women - fifty-five percent - did at least some.
And these statistics are a far cry from other Western countries...
via: GettyLike Spain, for example.
The study explained:
via: Getty“Meanwhile, Spanish women only spend about an hour and a half a week on housework, while American women spend about four and a half hours each week."
But why is this?
via: GettyWhy are Spanish women under less pressure to maintain their households?
Well, it may just stem from their schooling system.
via: GettyA Spanish school has recently received praise for its innovative approach to normalizing household chores amongst their male pupils.
Colegio Montecastelo in Vigo, Spain recently launched a program that teaches it's male students a whole array of household skills...
via: FacebookSuch as cooking, cleaning, and sewing, bedmaking, and washing clothes.
When the school proposed the idea to parents, they were overwhelmingly supportive of the program.
via: FacebookOf course, some of the students were a little unsure at first (because what kind of teenager wants to do chores?) but, once they discovered how easy and enjoyable the tasks could be, they soon warmed up to the idea.
Educators hope that this program will teach these young men the values of team-work in the home...
via: FacebookAnd ultimately that household chores are not a woman's responsibility.
And now another school on the opposite side of the world is following suit.
via: FacebookStella Maris College in Manly, in Australia, has decided to sixteen-year-old girls how to change tires and check the oil levels in cars, a job stereotypically reserved for males.
The new initiative was put together to teach the girls vital life skills.
via: Getty"Car educators" Galmatic reached out to the school to gauge interest in the subject earlier this year and after working together, they finally launched its delivery.
Galmatic's website highlights the importance of being able to look after your own vehicle.
via: FacebookThe company is dedicated to "helping Australian women and teenagers feel comfortable behind the wheel through our hands-on car maintenance workshops and online courses."
The news seemed to be well-received by lots of people:
Let's hope other schools also follow in the footsteps of the Spanish and Australian schools.
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