Reading, writing, arithmetic — you know the drill. Such are the basic foundations of early education in America, and that's cool. But the truth is there are also many things little girls should be learning in school, but aren't... things that benefit their education, yes, but which will also shape the people they become. Unfortunately, because we live in a patriarchal society, little girls are automatically at a disadvantage when it comes to their educations. The current system has yet to catch up with the progress women have made, and therefore girls are missing out on some pretty crucial lessons.
As the mother of a 5-year-old daughter, I try to fill in the gaps at home. I do so because I worry she won't learn these things otherwise. However, the fact that I take it up on myself (as I'm sure most mothers do) to teach my daughter these things at home doesn't negate the fact that they should be incorporate into the curriculum. Otherwise, we're robbing little girls of an empowering and truly enriching education.
Although the full list of what little girls should be learning in school is likely much longer, the following five things deserve diligent consideration.