Gender Reactions Differ in B.C.
Surrey, British Columbia - A new Career and Personal Planning (CPP) integrated resource package was introduced to teachers this year in British Columbia, and Ellen Hill is using Healthy Relationships to cover much of the personal development component of CPP. Hill teaches grade eight Family Management and grades eight and eleven Home Economics at Fleetwood Park Secondary in Surrey.
Hill is teaching her grade eight students about recognizing emotions, dealing with anger, what constitutes harassment, and media images and sex role stereotyping. The grade eleven students focus on power and control dynamics, and on what constitutes healthy and unhealthy relationships.
From her vantage point--with considerably more boys in the Family Management classes than in Home Economics--Hill has noticed different gender-based reactions to some of the material she's presented.
"When we talk about power imbalances, some of the males have a hard time with that. They don't like to hear it. And then there are some who don't deny it." Even though she hears a lot more "under-the-breath kind of comments" from the guys, she says the Healthy Relationships lessons are nevertheless going over well.
Hill reports that the sections on dealing with emotions (from the grade seven curriculum) are "quite successful" among her grade eight students.
Over all, she says the curriculum "gives them something they can relate to. We get quite a lot of discussion from it. On the issue of control, some are very traditional; others can recognize unhealthy relationships in their own family and in their peer group."
Finally, she says that the Healthy Relationships activities meet the learning outcomes from CPP.
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