Gender Inequality in Education
Education is everything. Getting the best education is the most natural right of every individual. However, education should be given in the right and appropriate conditions. If education is applied incorrectly, that country cannot develop, it stays where it is. For this reason, individuals must be educated for life in the best way possible.
One of the places where education first sprouted is family. So a child’s first teachers and role models are their parents. Whatever they do, whatever they say, the child takes them as an example and does the same. Therefore, a large share falls directly on parents. First of all, families should start with not differentiating between boys and girls. In the Turkish family structure, various gender roles are generally determined for children from the moment they are born. Boys should not show their emotions, cook, play with dolls or wear nail polish. Girls, on the other hand, should not play ball games, which are called boys’ games, such as football; but should help their mother while cooking and setting the table. These stereotypical roles are embedded in the minds of children from an early age.
When they start school, these prescribed roles follow. For example; Children in primary school are taught a lesson called “life sciences”. In this lesson, in the book, children generally come from school. At home, their mother welcomes them and starts preparing food. The girl helps her mother in preparing a meal. When the father comes from work, the family sits at the table and talk about what they did during the day. Later, the father settles in front of the TV while the mother is cleaning the table with her daughter. The children do their homework, the mother cleans the house, the father sits in front of the TV. Such an understanding is engraved in people’s minds from childhood.
When we enter adolescence, we are not taught anything about sexual orientations and identities. For example, some schools provide training on menstruation. This kind of education was given in our school even when I was in middle school. However, while this training was being given, the boys were taken out of the conference hall and the training was given only to girls. This education included the physical change of both women and men during puberty. While the girls had both of these training, the boys had not seen any of them. It starts by informing all genders, the changes of each gender during puberty, without taking the guys out of that room, change and development. Many university graduates may not know what their menstruation cycle is if they haven’t learned on their terms. In short, the expression of such subjects should be emphasized in schools with educational institutions.
In addition, gender equality lessons should be given to students in all schools. Because every individual need to know their rights. People must learn to respect each other. In this way, we can avoid many problems.
If we change our education system, we can change many things. As I mentioned earlier: Education is everything. If the education that started in the family continues to be given in the same way in schools, it will not be possible to raise healthy and respectful generations. Hoping that schools provide the best education …