FINLAND FOR THE WIN
Lately, Finland has been making the news for exceptional practices when it comes to education. First it was their philosophy on learning through play in kindergarten, then we learned they’ve figured out and are solving the gender gap in science education. As if that is not enough, now they have announced that they will be the first country in the world to get rid of all school subjects! Agree with all their policies or not, they seem to have this whole education thing figured out while we are still busy sorting out whether we are keeping common core or not. Who else is packing their bags and moving with us?
THE HUNT FOR GIRL STEM TOYS
If you have been having a hard time finding STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) toys your girls would like, it is because only 11 percent of STEM toys are listed as a girl’s toy on search engines compared to 31 percent of STEM toys listed only under boys. Recently, brands like Roominate and Goldieblox have done a great job addressing this issue but many other brands can fill this gap by thoughtfully marketing their offerings to girls as well. Our 2016 Holiday Gift guide is a great place to start for some awesome ideas.
Adequate representation for girls is important in other areas of entertainment; recently, movies have been doing a better job in letting all girls should know they can be super heros too!