Recently in a Facebook group of moms I belong to, a friend of mine shared a link to an engineering and science summer camp program for 3rd through 5th grade. I immediately thought this would be a perfect fit for my boys. They love engineering and science, and spend countless hours here at home tinkering on new projects. As soon as I clicked the link, I was disappointed. The program in Atlanta was FEMALE ONLY, while most of the other states offering the program was for both boys and girls. This is a program for African American students. So my African American boys can’t participate in this program that is already created for minorities????
I was highly disappointed to say the least. Increasingly I only see all girl programs, leaving boys behind. What message does that send to me? It makes me think boys aren’t seen as important. Uplifting women and young girls is awesome. I celebrate women who are doing amazing things. I however, want the world to know that my boys are equally as amazing too. I’m not attempting to highlight the Hands Up Don’t Shoot or Black Lives Matter movement. Those are important movements, but I celebrate all boys. I want boys to be highlighted for their brilliance and academic achievements as well as girls.
I attempt to expose my children to as much as I possibly can. This includes a wide variety of academic activities, study on different cultures, travel, food, and people of a different ethnicity than ourselves. However, I would love if they could be apart of an academic program with other boys who enjoy learning just as much as they do. My sons don’t play sports, and really don’t have a lot of interest in them. But their interest is in STEM education. I don’t want my boys to be left behind or labeled in society as only interested in sports or music.
I’m not sure I have the resources or time to create these programs on my own, however I want to raise the point that they need to exist. Boys need to be celebrated as equally as girls.
Do you have sons? Share your thoughts below in the comments.