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Better accept and respect gender differences and go for differentiated learning rather than uniformity and similarity in education
Gender equity in education is a measure of equitable achievement, inclusion, fairness, and opportunity in education by providing freedom for learning pace and style. The study of education equity is often linked with the study of fairness and inclusion in educational practices and extent of opportunities to match the individual differences among learners.

Thus, educational equity addresses to two main factors. First is the fairness which recognizes individual differences and matching teaching to address those differences. The second factor is that of inclusion which refers non-discrimination to educational access irrespective of socioeconomic standing, race, gender or disability.

According to the policy brief of the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), factors of fairness and inclusion are closely related and are dependent on each other for true academic success of an educational system. And, an academic system that practices educational equity is a strong foundation of a society that is fair and thriving, adds the brief.

It has been found that due to long lived experiences of two genders, it has been established that boys' natural tendency to work and play in big groups and girls' natural tendencies to engage in cooperative activities and small group games.

"As wise people have pointed out that men may be from Mars and women from Venus, but they have to live together on the Earth. So instead of cribbing about the differences, it would be better to accept them…Now I have reached the conclusion that gender stereotypes are not bad as long as there is no subjugation…Do your thing and don't be limited by your gender" says Bharati Prabhu, a scribe.

There are gender differences and they need to be accepted and respected. Tennen describes some of the traits of the girls as follows; girls like to play and work in small groups or in pairs intimately; a girl's social life is often centered on her best friend; in girls' games, like rope jump and hopscotch in which everyone take a turn. In most of the girls' activities do not have a winner or a looser;  girls do not give orders; they express their preferences as suggestions; and girls do not jockey for status, they are more concerned that they be liked, he adds.

Some other studies also validate that women prefer affective relationships and intuitive thinking, while men prefer status-acceptance relationships and linear logical thinking. Understanding of these gender differences and the traits that exist among men and women due their lived experiences, there is a need to break the gender barriers in education, communication, life style and work environment. It would be better for education to accommodate gender differences and go for inclusive and equitable learning.

I too think that it would be better if we base our education system on gender equity principles and classroom instruction on feminist pedagogy that subscribes for sociological foundation of cooperative learning and psychological foundation of mutual respect, affection and sense of belongingness to classroom as a community of learners.

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