Langston Hughes
[MenTeach: An editorial from Rosemary Ruffenach - blog included a line from a Langston Hughes poem. Here is the full poem.]

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.

Why don't more men teach in grade school?

by Corrinne Hess - Daily Herald Staff - Chicago, IL
Just 9 percent of all elementary school teachers are men

Josh Fauser is a whiz at getting a double-knotted shoelace untied.

And by lowering his voice an octave, he easily commands the attention of even the most rambunctious crowd.

The skills make him popular at Hillcrest Elementary School in Antioch. But despite his status, Fauser, who teaches first grade, is part of a group on the verge of extinction.

Only handful of men teach elementary kids

by Garthia Elena Burnett -
As 51-year-old Mark Sanders stands towering over a group of West Lowndes Elementary School fourth graders talking about decimals or long division, he commands attention. The group is silent and poised to answer any questions he might ask.

It's just another day in the classroom for Sanders, who - in his five years of teaching fourth- and fifth-grade remedial math - has been a bit of an anomaly. Women still dominate the elementary education field.

And Sanders is one of only a handful of male educators working in public schools in Lowndes County.

Editorial: It’s Official

[MenTeach: This article comes from a 1st grade teacher's blog]

As of today, I am the only male teacher left in my pre-6 elementary school. The only male teacher in a building with 600 kids. It's me, myself, and I. At least the line for the men's room will be short. Oh wait, they turned that into a unisex bathroom three years ago. Never mind.

MenTeach E-News - November 2007

1) $1 Million for Black Male Teacher Initiative
2) Report about the USA National MenTeach Symposium in Chicago
3) The first World Gathering for Men in Early Childhood Education May 2008
4) Report about Men in Education Retreat in New England - USA
5) See the video of Ontario Television panel discussion talking about men teachers
6) 2nd NEW ZEALAND Summit
7) Asking the Tough Questions - Canadian Men & Women Meet
8) On MenTeach Website - Do men make better disciplinarians than women?
9) Meet some men - Men's Stories

The Schott Foundation Receives $1 Million Grant from the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation for Black Male Teacher Initiative

The Schott Foundation for Public Education solidifies $1 million partnership with The Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation as a part of an initiative which will develop models for recruiting and retaining African American male teachers.

This first phase of the grant will be used to implement the Teachers as Leaders initiative -- which will expand teacher and public policy leadership opportunities for black males entering the teaching profession.

DadBloggers - Men in Child Care

by Kevin Klein -
[MenTeach: The following posting came from a Daddyblog in April 2006. It produced several comments at the site and offered some data about men teaching.]

The church I belong to has a nursery, which looks after kids from 18 months to three years while their parents attend two hours of classes. Since our daughter has recently reached 18 months—and since the nursery’s designated caregivers are always short-staffed—I’ve spent the first hour helping the wee ones (about six to ten of them) play nicely, eat their lunches and learn how to sing and pray.

Bay Area Schools Try To Lure Male Teachers

by Lyanne Melendez - ABC News
The National Education Association says it needs a few good men to become teachers. The number of male public school teachers hit a record 40-year low in 2005. They represent only about fourth of the total number of teachers.
Gilroy public schools have about 516 teachers -- of that number only 132 are men. Gilroy is no different from other school districts across the nation experiencing a downward trend in the number of male teachers.

Come Back, Mr. Chips

by Julie Scelfo - Newsweek
Stereotyping, low pay, lack of role models. Why the number of men teaching in schools is at a 40-year low.

Gender gap in degrees

ExchangeEveryDay -
A report in Work & Family Life (February 2005; suggests that the gender gap in education is widening:

"Among Americans in the 25 to 34 age cohort, 24% more women than men have earned an associate's degree; 14% more women than men hold bachelor degrees; and 21% more women than men have advanced degrees. In all, more than 2 million men ages 25 to 34 could have earned a high school diploma, two-year, four-year, or graduate degree if they had chosen to stay in school as women did."

Male teachers find themselves outnumbered but not out of place in area school systems

by Matt Clark - Naples News, FL, USA
The green rubber ball with 50 flimsy tentacles is tossed between the half-dozen students. Everyone is silent except the 6-foot 7-inch giant towering over them.

It's called silent ball. Their teacher is known for it, and for turning "hell raisers" around. Getting their grades up. Improving their academic focus. He's like a father -- or a big brother -- to them.

Teacher of Year educates as he entertains his class

Javier C. Hernandez, Globe Correspondent
To his students, Michael B. Flynn is a one-man carnival who uses funny voices and camcorders to bring life to spelling and subtraction. To his peers, he is a blazing young teacher with a zeal for reforming the way educators teach math.

These two sides, colleagues say, propelled the 32-year-old teacher at Norris Elementary School in Southampton to the State House in Boston yesterday, where he was honored as the Massachusetts Teacher of the Year.

It's About Channeling the Right Role Models

Teacher's College - Columbia University
In his new office on the second floor of Zankel Hall, the people who have influenced Jon Drescher are present in talismanic form. The name plate from his father’s office door.  A pair of tap dancing shoes that belonged to the entertainer Savion Glover, who was a student of Drescher’s when he was principal of the Junior High School for the Performing Arts in Harlem.

My Favorite Teacher

by Pamela's Pantry
Many great words have been written on behalf of teachers. I consider myself lucky to have had a least a dozen great teachers, each with their own personalitites, but one common bond, enthusiasm.  That enthusiasm was infectious, whatever the subject.

Grades 1-8 were spent in Catholic School.  Unlike all the bad books out about a catholic school education, I had mostly good experiences. 

Men with Class: Beating the Stereotype

by Jennifer Roscoe - reported from WCIA-3 News - IL, USA
Jon White, Randy DeJaynes, James Love: They're all teachers accused of sexually abusing their students. All of them men.

Help Boys Get More Out of Elementary Education

by Beth Hering
From their elementary education through their high school days, boys are struggling to succeed in the classroom. Boys receive as many as 70 percent of Ds and Fs given in schools, create up to 90 percent of classroom discipline problems, and constitute 80 percent of high school dropouts, according to author and educator Michael Gurian - one of the world's leading authorities on the role of gender in education.

Area man began teaching career early

by Garthia Elena Halbert - The Commercial Dispatch - Columbus, MS, USA
t was nearly two decades ago when Becky Worlow asked an obviously frustrated class of Aberdeen fourth graders if anyone understood fractions. One lonely hand went in the air, and the teacher turned the class over to the little boy in hopes he could reach his classmates in a way she couldn't.

He did.

And from then on, Worlow's class was the highest performing class when it came to fractions.

That day, Micah Burnett - son of Arthur and Shirley Burnett - became a teacher. He's been teaching ever since.

Danger? Men not working

Indiana University Media Relations

IU ed school students focus on lack of male teachers in elementary, early childhood settings

EDITORS: At the bottom of this release are audio comments that are available as mp3 files on the IU School of Education Website at

Black Male Teachers: A Crisis in Numbers

by Cash Michaels - The Wilmington Journal
t was 1992, and the General Assembly realized that it had to get more black and other educators of color into the state's public school classrooms. So lawmakers ratified the Minority Educator Recruitment and Retention Scholarship " address the critical shortage of minority teachers especially in the areas of mathematics and science."

The scholarship awards up to $5000 annually to students of color enrolled in teacher education programs in the state university system.

It's the Media That's Hot for Teacher

by Russell Goldman, ABC News
Despite News Reports, Experts Say Female Teachers Not Likely to Sexually Abuse Students

The headlines are sexy and the stories salacious. But is the spate of recent media reports about female teachers having sex with their students an honest reflection of the truth or just so much media hype?

Male teachers reach 40-year low

by Ernst Lamothe Jr. - Rochester, NY, USA
Jonathan Meyers leans against an open doorway five minutes before the bell rings, greeting students with high-fives and hugs.

Kids are lively, talkative and sweaty from taking off layers of winter clothing. Meyers is getting ready to teach his third-grade class at Chestnut Ridge Elementary School in Chili. But it's a career path that few men are following.

Men make up less than 10 percent of elementary school teachers nationwide, and the total number of male teachers now stands at a 40-year low, according to the National Education Association.

Male Teachers in Short Supply - Does it Matter?

by Christopher Quirk - Gilroy Dispatch - Gilroy, CA, USA
In a city where many households are without male role models, children are also facing a lack of male leadership in the classroom, as only one in four district teachers are male.The ratio is even more skewed at the elementary level, with some schools having only one or two male teachers on a staff of 20 or more educators.

Male Teachers in Short Supply - Does it Matter?

by Christopher Quirk - Gilroy Dispatch
In a city where many households are without male role models, children are also facing a lack of male leadership in the classroom, as only one in four district teachers are male.The ratio is even more skewed at the elementary level, with some schools having only one or two male teachers on a staff of 20 or more educators.

The shortage of men in the classroom is a salient issue for Gilroy, where one in 12 households is female-owned and does not have a husband present. This means that about 3,550 local kids are unlikely to have a male presence at home.

Making a difference - Male teachers, though scarce, offer unique perspective

by Angela Mettler - American News Writer - Aberdeen, ND USA
If you're a man majoring in elementary education at Northern State University, you're not alone - but you're definitely in the minority.

NSU seniors Craig Nelson and Basil Knebel said they each had about two other men in some of their education courses.

Knebel, an early childhood education minor, said he was often the only man in his early childhood education courses. Dan Swenson, an elementary and special education major at NSU, said the same about his special education courses.

Opinion - Where have all the good male teachers gone?

by Perplexio - Blog
As many of you know from my previous postings, I'm a regular reader of Sam de Brito's All Men Are Liars blog. In de Brito's most recent entry, Where are all the male school teachers de Brito broaches a very intriguing subject-- is the relative lack of male school teachers adversely affecting society as a whole?

Number of Male Teachers at an All Time Low

by Tonya Papanikolas - Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Over the past two decades, the ratio of men to women teaching in the classroom has steadily declined. Now, the National Education Association says the number of men teachers is at a 40-year low.

The UEA said it believes Utah is right in line with that sliding trend. Fewer male teachers are going into education, and those who do are leaving the profession at a higher rate than women.

Fandel: Students see far fewer men in the classroom

by Linda Lantor Fandel - DesMoines Register
ick just about any grade school and scroll down the staff list on its Web site. I randomly selected Clive Elementary in Windsor Heights, attended by about 400 students, where physical-education teacher Denny Barton is right at the top. But after that, just five of the 48 names are male. One is the principal, one is the custodian and the others are teachers.

Voices: Chuck Dutchin - Teacher

by Joe Orso - La Crosse Tribune - Wisconsin - USA
Name: Chuck Dutchin

Age: 36

Occupation: Kindergarten teacher, Southern Bluffs Elementary School

Years in La Crosse area: Born and raised

Ethnicity: East Indian (mother's ancestors from Holland and India; father's from India)

Q: The La Crosse School District names you as the one black teacher among 640 teachers in the district. How do you identify racially and ethnically?

Seeking gender balance in university studies

by Britt Johnsen - Winona Daily News - Minnesota - USA
Jason Bauman doesn't fit the stereotype of a nurse. His nursing program at Winona State University is 90 percent female.

But Bauman is just the kind of student educators are looking for.

Women account for six out of 10 students at most U.S. universities, but even though women dominate colleges across the country, many undergraduates still choose fields stereotypical for their genders. Men gravitate to technical fields like engineering and computer science, while women fill the usual roles of teachers and nurses.

Finding a job through job fairs

by Anonymous
[MenTeach: The author of this article requested that we remove all identifying information because it has hindered his job search.]
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