Lest you think that this Italian primary school
"Mamma, boys are better in matematica. My teacher told me."
While I recognize that many little girls around the world face problems daily that are much more serious than the above statement about mathematics...I just...well...how could...really...COME ON!
I calmly replied that I've been teaching for many years and that I just don't agree with the teacher. Of course, La Maestra, like many elementary school teachers, has transcended to god-like status in the eyes of my daughter. Teacher knows best, always. Period.
Without hesitation I assured her that I believe that she is a great math student and then challenged her to strive to be the best math student in the class! She agreed to do so, but not before assuring me that she is already one of the best in the class.
I'm still taking deep breaths when I think about it. Yes. I know, I know...#FirstWorldProblems. I'm also thinking of just the right words for the upcoming parent-teacher conference; it's tricky for me.
I hope that you'll take a moment to think of the issues facing little girls across the world on this International Day of the Girl Child. #dayofthegirl
Disclaimer: I hate generalizations as much as you do, probably more. This is my limited experience at my fourth grader's tiny primary school lost in Northern Italy. If you have a different experience with this, please share!