A publishing house in Shanghai has released China’s first textbook designed specifically for male pupils in primary schools, reports China Daily.
Entitled Xiaoxiao Nanzihan (“Little Man”), the book aims to correct “the tendency of male students to lack masculinity, and be outperformed and overshadowed by girls at primary and secondary schools.”
Zhong Xiangyang, an official from the education bureau of Shanghai’s Jing’an district, said that Xiaoxiao Nanzihan has received “mainly positive comments from counterparts, school heads and parents,” adding that “many schools have shown interest in the book.”
Comprised of six chapters filled with illustrations intended to “cultivate masculinity,” it also answers important questions such as “what is the difference between a boy and a girl?” and “why am I a boy and not a girl?”
An equivalent textbook for girls is currently in the works and will be unveiled soon, according to Shanghai Educational Publishing House.
By Ryan Kilpatrick