Caren wrote a post for Gender Action: Gendered Language in Schools
So does hearing a bit of gendered language in school really matter and do staff have a responsibility to address it? Yes, because if we let gendered language lie we approve or endorse its message – what is left unchallenged becomes for children just the way the world is. By challenging gendered language you start to develop children’s ability to challenge it for themselves – a win-win situation. Yet data from surveys undertaken by staff in our pilot schools shows that staff don’t always have the confidence to identify and address sexist language.