Repeat after me: we need more men

By Cristina Odone - Guardian, UK
I have been immobilised by flu, so my husband offered to pick up our daughter from nursery earlier last week.

Isabella looked worried: 'Ooooooooh, I don't know if they allow men in our school,' she said as she shook her head.

I suddenly realised that both her (co-ed) nursery and the (co-ed) primary school it is attached to are men-free zones.

Where have all the male teachers gone?

Goodbye, Mr. Chips: Male teachers scarce

By Casey Parks - The Oregonian
One group puts the percentage of male teachers in the U.S. at a 40-year low, with Oregon doing better than most states. Some say the disparity hurts students

BEAVERTON -- No matter how unruly a class gets, when P.J. Hanson walks into the room all the kids sit up straight. "It's so weird," the second-grade teacher at Chehalem Elementary School says. "There are women who are tougher and more firm, but kids sometimes still won't listen. But because I'm a man, they really respond."

This teacher is no ordinary Joe

By Jessica Garrison - Los Angeles Times
Rafe Esquith's classroom is dingy and cluttered, but it hardly matters. Within seconds inside it, it becomes clear why Esquith has been anointed as one of those magical teachers who propels his poor, immigrant students to impossible heights.

A New University Course: Men In Education and the Male Teacher

We have been in touch in the past and it has been quite some time, several months perhaps, since our last correspondence. Things have nonetheless picked up in my work for the issue of male teachers and I wanted to update you on a project of mine.

Boy, what a difference

By Moira MacDonald -

Marks are up, misbehaving is down when girls aren't in the classroom

She was a kind-faced principal, on the verge of retirement and clearly loved kids. I was visiting her for a story about crumbling school buildings. We'd finished the tour of her school and were chatting on the bench outside her office, the same one the misbehaving students (mostly boys) sat on.

She leaned toward me and said, "You know, the schools aren't made for boys, they're made for girls."
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