Professor: Small Chairs in Preschools Are Sexist, ‘Problematic,’ and ‘Disempowering’

This ought to feed her nightmares.

Can a small chair really be a ‘contentious and ambiguous artefact’?

“In my first intra-active encounter with the small chair, I felt that it talked back to me about the preschool as a workplace that is gendered, feminsed, child-focused and ultimately disempowering,” Monash University senior lecturer Jane Bone writes in an article for the journal Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, titled “Ghosts of the material world in early childhood education: Furniture matters.”

Even if talking with chairs were normal, I would still say that this seems pretty crazy. 

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