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Boys Are Taught Sewing, Ironing, And Cooking At a Spanish School

Most of the things kids are taught in schools these days aren’t very practical in real life. Yes, they might graduate and come out with a diploma but most don’t know basic life skills such as budgeting, nutrition, gardening, sewing, etc.. The Colegio Montecastelo School in Spain is teaching students these important skills while tackling gender inequality as well – by teaching boys traditionally “female” household chores, like sewing and ironing.


School coordinator Gabriel Bravo said, “It seemed very useful for our students to learn to perform these tasks so that, when they form a family, they are involved from the beginning and know that a house is a matter of two, it’s not a matter of the woman cleaning, doing the dishes, and ironing.”

The program is currently run by volunteer teachers and parents. Traditionally masculine skills like carpentry, plumbing, and welding which often aren’t found in school curricula are included as well.

The economics teacher, Andres Lunas, said that the goal was ultimately about teaching young men and women the basics of household maintenance and cultivating responsible adults overall. The students are loving the new classes and are taking them seriously.

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