You have probably heard about this encouraging curriculum of getting the girls as young as a ‘kindy’ to be involved with the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics or better known as STEM. It is a worldwide educational strategy towards instilling the young girls to appreciate the technical contents of their learning experience and simultaneously to close the gap between the two genders.
Recently, there is another exciting movement for the girls that should be given further incentives which is known as “Girls Who Code“. This movement was originally initiated by Reshma Saujani and currently there are a number of books have been published and about to be published under this motion.
Quite exciting to learn about this. But, it’s irony enough that one day I had someone asking me this instead, “Don’t they have the books on Boys Who Code too?” Which have left me perplexed to answer. The question was not wrong. But there is no exact answer too to satisfy the question. Yup. It’s true that in the field of STEM, girls need more boost than their male counterparts. But, how convinced are we that the boys need less in this case?
With recent number of psychological studies on the learning difficulties among the millennials, challenged by the emergence of intelligent gadgets that becoming parts of our life; perhaps some people saw that both gender types of students need help and encouragement in their learning journey. When a person asked me on why they don’t have the books for the boys on how to code, I was just giving an easy answer out of that, “Normally, the boys got their natural interest in the studies of science and technology. Maybe that’s why we saw them less priority to create this kind of movement. Boys can automatically appreciate the nature contents of the science and technology subjects.” On contrary, I was not sure myself on why do we see them less important in this exercise.
Of course, I am in full support for the Girls Who Code. I even hope that I can practice this in Malaysia too. And even after this movement has started, the implementation on its activities might be promising to the communities of the developed nations, but the Third Countries are still wary of its importance. The traditions and cultural values among these countries are still substantial to them. It’s hard for them to embrace the paradigm shifts.
I have heard one of the teachers who is involved with the STEM educational committees in Malaysia saying that “… It’s really a hard work to practice this kind of curriculum in our country. So much work to be done, yet the pupils are not performing well to the level that they are expecting…” Yes, of course. I can relate that. And the teacher never mentioned it was either the boys or the girls who were having the troubles. Her emphasis was like both genders need help in STEM and not necessarily the girls.
On the other hand, I am really looking forward to the release to all of the 13 book series of the Girls Who Code. It is indeed an exciting movement that I took it here to pen it. Though the movement might be a jargon to the girls in this country, I hope one day the gradual change is for good and both genders will benefit from this kind of movement. Otherwise, the boys can still read the books on Girls Who Code. No limit to that.