Excuse me while I check my calendar, but isn’t this 2015?
Apparently, a public elementary school in my home state of Florida (it’s ALWAYS Florida, isn’t it?) decided it would be a good idea to host a STEM night for boys. Because all of the school’s girls are too busy knitting sweaters in Home Ec class, right? WRONG!
But to be fair, it was a Mommy and Son STEM night, which was supposed to give moms and their sons and opportunity to bond with each other during a fun-filled night of science experiments. And while I would definitely go to an event like this myself, many critics are upset that their daughters are being left out.
In fact, parents are now even protesting the event, saying that it’s both wrong and totally sexist to think that girls don’t want to be involved in a night full of lab experiments. There’s even a Change.org petition, which has 673 signatures, that was started by Helena Zubkow, a web developer at Audubon Park Elementary School (it’s also being noted that Zubkow doesn’t have any children herself).
“Women in STEM fields are still outnumbered like crazy,” Zubkow told MTV News. “In my C++ programming class in college, I sat down on the first day and I was the only girl in the class. The guy next to me looked over and he said, ‘Oh sorry, this is the C++ room.”
Zubkow also wrote in her petition, “As a woman in tech myself,” she said, “I was like, no way is this gonna happen. A dance is a social function. While sentimental, it is devoid of academic merit. A STEM night is an academic function that seeks to accelerate interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education. These are NOT reasonably comparable activities and should not be construed as such. the implication of the message that a child should be non-electively sorted into a social activity vs. an academic one based on his or her gender is sexist and abhorrent.”
While I definitely understand both sides here, I’ll say this: My second-grade daughter was completely upset last year when she found out that there were only a handful of girls in her school’s chess club. I had a hard time convincing her to go to chess this year too, even though the club is about 80 percent boys. My message to these parents is don’t be upset when a school hosts a Mommy and Son STEM night because that’s what you initially wanted. You can’t take your girls to dance class and cheerleading everyday after school instead of math and science clubs and then get upset over an issue like this. It’s not the school’s job to guide our children in the right direction, it’s ours.
Thoughts, Hot Moms?