School In Spain Teaches Boys How To Do Chores, and People Have Mixed Reactions

Most people agree that everyone should pull their own weight and do their fair share of the housework. That’s why it’s important that children begin to learn essential life skills at an early age. However, in some parts of the world, household chores are still seen as something that only women do, leaving some men unwilling or even unable to do them when needed. Now, a school in Vigo, Spain, is fighting for gender equality by offering a program that teaches boys essential life skills, including cleaning, cooking, and even sewing. Unfortunately, some people think Colegio Montecastelo’s idea enforces gender roles because it labels  certain activities as “manly" or “womanly" instead of seeing them as universally useful skills. Still others think the skills should be taught at home, not at school. Those teaching the students include volunteers from the school administration, as well as some of the students’ dads. Relationship expert Dan Bacon, founder of The Modern Man, says boys should be taught household chores so that when they grow up and get married, they won’t expect their spouse to bear the burden of all the household chores.