Henry Hepburn

Sexism ‘must be stamped out at nursery school’

The belief that women are inferior takes root before children reach primary, new research suggests. Henry Hepburn looks at how education can change attitudes

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Radio phone-ins and newspaper articles were dominated recently by TUC research showing that more than half of women have been sexually harassed at work. But if that is the alarming diagnosis, the cure begins decades earlier – in nursery schools.

That, at least, is the view of Scotland’s biggest teaching union, the EIS, which has found shocking examples of misogyny against both pupils and teachers in schools.

And the best way to tackle sexism in education, according to its latest report, is to start before children have even set foot in primary school. Because years later, nascent sexism may ...

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