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Are We Getting Too Aggressive Promoting STEM to Girls?

Are We Getting Too Aggressive Promoting STEM to Girls?

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Had an interesting conversation with a parent the other day. I had just shared this video about the GoldieBlox kit:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFpe3Up9T_g

And, a parent friend on FB shared it too. *WE* agree this is a great thing but she got pushback from a friend who said she was tiring of all the promotion about girls in STEM and that some kids just wanted to be "regular" or "girlie" girls.

Has anyone encountered anything similar?

The obvious response is that every child has to find their own way and that the amount of promotion we are doing re: girls in STEM absolutely PALES in comparison to the amount of "encouragement" (sic) about girls see in the media regarding their roles in society.

What do you think?

-kj-

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