Gender Roles And Their Impact On Society

1841 WordsApr 22, 20158 Pages
The time we spend in school is a huge part of our lives. Someone could spend anywhere from 13 years to 20+ years in elementary, middle, high, and higher education. Since school is started at such a young age, people are shaped by their teachers and peers in how they act towards another and think about each other. Our teachers, although they don’t mean to, say things that can influence how we think about people or things. With children being so influenced by what the people around them think and do, its important for those things to be good. Early in life, children develop gender identities, and in our culture there are stereotypes that children pick up on because its seen as the “norm”. Males are supposed to be independent and competitive while females are more passive and supportive. Teachers can often impose these stereotypes onto their students, meaning no harm, but in the long run these gender roles can impact their future. Kohlberg was one of the first educational theorists to address gender as a learned, cognitive concept. Kohlberg has six stages to his theory, none of which can be skipped. The stage that most applies here is stage three, Interpersonal accord and conforminty. This is the stage where social norms become prevalent to children and they begin to adopt the boy/girl attitude. His thinking was influenced by Piaget, another educational theorist, who portrayed children as active learners who use interactions with their environment to construct an

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