Swedish Preschool Provides Genderless Environment

The Egalia preschool in the Swedish city of Stockholm is attempting to defy gender stereotyping by keeping all gender-specific references–including the pronouns “his” and “hers–out of the classroom.  According to an article from KIAH news, children are referred to as “friends,” rather than by gender-specific pronouns.  Construction toys are placed next to toy kitchens to discouraged gendered play, and classroom books feature homosexual couples, single parents, and adopted children.  From KIAH:

There are no Snow White, Cinderella or other classic fairy tales seen as cementing stereotypes. [School director Lotta] Rajalin, 52, says the staff also try to help the children discover new ideas when they play.

“A concrete example could be when they’re playing ‘house’ and the role of the mom already is taken and they start to squabble,” she says. “Then we suggest two moms or three moms and so on.”

Do you think preschools are where gender stereotypes start?  Would you send your child to a school like Egalia?

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  1. by lexington

    On August 11, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Would love to send my kid here!!!

  2. by LisaMarie

    On August 24, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    No way I would send my kid there! Gender is an important part of who a person is. You don’t need to strip away references to it in order for children to think outside the box. I would never send my child to any school that taught that homosexuality is natural and right. You can let your daughter play construction and your son play house without teaching them that two men or two women is normal. If it was, they could reproduce on their own.