January 24, 2009

Parents want more male teachers

Shirley sent me this link the other day, and it sure bodes well for my future in education. Or so it seems:

Parents are calling for more men to become teachers because they fear their children lack male role models, research showed yesterday.

Demand is even stronger among single mothers, who told the survey their children had little contact with men in caring roles.

The study found one in six children living with a single mother spends less than two hours a week with a male role model, such as a father figure, relative or teacher.

High schools traditionally have more male teachers than elementary or middle schools. Men I've known that get certified for elementary education usually get snapped up (that's "employed") pretty darn quick.

Men tend to be more ... "direct" with discipline ... not as "touchy feelie" for lack of a better term. I don't it's a stretch to say that more men teaching in the early years would be better for discipline.

(By the way, the guy in the article's photo kinda looks like me...)

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On the other hand, for years there was active discrimination against men who wanted to work on the elementary level. I know I certainly encountered it.

Having not found a job after I first got my secondary certification, I applied for a position as a teacher's aide at a small Catholic school. They hired two women with high school diplomas who did not work out before hiring me. At the end of the year, my position was eliminated and I was let go -- only to see a similar position re-created the following year and given to a woman working on her degree in elementary education at the local university.

During the course of my year at the school I got great evaluations -- but when I began telling the all-female faculty and administration that I was thinking of seeking elementary certification, I was actively discouraged from doing so. Indeed, the principal (who had given these great evaluations) told me she would not give me a positive recommendation for any elementary position because "men do not belong in the classroom with young children." And this was the late 1980s, not the 1950s.

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at January 24, 2009 01:25 PM

Discrimination.. SUCKS

It especially sucks when your case is considered not that important.

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Posted by: Paul at January 24, 2009 10:24 PM

Next you'll be required to cook dinner and do the grocery shopping for these single moms.

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