Lego school

What the f…?


A Bainbridge Island teacher is giving a lesson that has parents on edge. The lesson plan: Boys can’t play with Legos.

The Bainbridge Island Review reports that Karen Keller, a kindergarten teacher at Blakely Elementary, is tackling the issue of gender equity by not allowing the boys in her class to play with Legos.

“I always tell the boys, ‘You’re going to have a turn,'” Keller told the Review. “And I’m like, ‘Yeah, when hell freezes over’ in my head.”

“I tell them, ‘You’ll have a turn’ because I don’t want them to feel bad,” she said.

The Lego-restricted lesson plan doesn’t make a whole lot of sense for KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson.

“Maybe they feel bad because you tell them they are going to have a turn when you don’t intend to give them a turn,” Dori said.

“If I was a parent of a boy in that class, I’d get them out of there … we’ve gone insane in our public schools,” he said. “This Bainbridge Island kindergarten class is just another example of how insane it’s all gotten.”

The restriction is personal for Dori, who has three daughters. For him, Legos are for everybody.

“At the Monson house, when my girls were little, we had a huge amount of Duplos,” he said. “The thing we loved doing with the Duplos was building a tower as tall as possible. We got it up to as tall as I could reach — and I’m not the tallest guy. Then I put my daughter on my shoulders and she tried to top it off. Then we got out a chair. We did that stuff all the time.”

“As the father of three daughters, my girls enjoyed the Legos and Duplos,” Dori said.

Keller told the Review that her ban on Legos is a way to pursue gender equity. She noticed that boys in her class often gravitated toward the Legos. Girls, on the other hand, may not have felt as comfortable getting into them, and usually played with crayons or dolls. Keller hopes that by giving girls special access to the blocks, it will improve their spacial and math skills.