Editorials

Percentage of men seem to be increasing at 2011 national conference

Although the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) conference in Orlando, Florida seems like there are fewer attendees overall, the percentage of men seems to be increased.

Student Perspective: Benefits to being a man in a female-dominated teaching position

by Michael Nowels - The Mirror


Perhaps those who are surprised think it strange for a man to be going into teaching young children. That is valid, as there are not many male teachers. But the idea that men are not as suited for teaching as women is a cop-out.

I find this notion similar to the expectation that female doctors are somehow inferior, despite going through all the same training that their male counterparts have seen. Even though both viewpoints are remarkably narrow-minded, they are shared, whether consciously or subconsciously, by many.

Are you an alien? Experiences of a male Primary School teacher

“You’ll be on your knees by half term” a teacher told me today. I’m not sure if she meant exhausted or begging to keep my job. I seem to be in constant motion, if I wore regulation male teacher clothing I’d resemble a beige blur. I’ve developed a kind of speed walk, not fast enough so I could be accused of running in the corridor and setting a bad example, but a kind of lolloping quick step powered by my long, rangy legs.

The Need for More Male Teachers

by Will Scott - Third Year Medical Student and JCR Vice President at Queens' College, Cambridge
The recent statistics released by the General Teaching Council for England on the number of male teachers in schools, particularly primary schools, are concerning. While there has been a small (0.6%) increase in the number of primary schools that have at least one male teacher, over a quarter (27.2%) still do not. Overall, only 12% of primary school teachers are male.

The Need for More Men to Be Interested in Child Care Policy

by David Gray, Director, Workforce and Family Program at the New America Foundation
Today at the New America Foundation in Washington we held an event on child care policy in the context of the President's recent Race to the Top challenge grant. 170 people RSVPed for the event. 141 watched on the internet. 119 attended in person. However, counting myself, there were only 6 men at the event. 6 men out of 119 attending. That is a stunning statistic. It is also a significant problem for child care as a political issue.

Videos of Male Teachers from all over the World

MenTeach.org: Our work has exploded because of the internet. More and more men can reach out and hear from other men. In particular you can see other men and women videotaping and then posting interviews of men teaching. It's hopeful and inspiring - it helps to mitigate one of the biggest obstacles for men entering and staying in the profession - isolation.

New Book About Male Teachers: Go Where You Belong

A new book by Lemuel W. Watson and C. Sheldon Woods, Go Where You Belong: Male Teachers as Cultural Workers in the Lives of Children, Families, and Communities is available. "The purpose of this book is to continue the dialogue about the importance of men in the lives of young children and the teaching profession.

World Forum gathering of men teachers

We're attending the 2011 World Forum Conference in Hawai'i where there is a large network of men and women that want more men to teach. It's been an interesting gathering. I've realized that we have really moved a long way from when I first began working on this efforts.

Opinion: We Need More Black Male Teachers

by Michael H. Cottman - BlackAmericaWeb.com
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is on a mission: He wants to tour several historically black colleges and speak directly with African-American male students about teaching in the nation's public schools.

It's a bold and unprecedented initiative - and comes at a critical time for black America.

Mr. "Magg" talks about Washington Post blog

Ronald Maggiano - The Classroom Post
Washington Post education blogger Valerie Strauss featured my article, "We Need More Men Teaching our Kids,"  on her daily blog, The Answer Sheet. This is way cool!

In a piece called "Do We Need More Male Teachers?"  she wrote, "If you believe, as I do, that teaching (and teaching well) is as important a job as any, then it is equally important that young people see both men and women actively involved."

The End of the Male Teacher: Seniority Rules

by Alan Haskvitz - Education News
More lucrative occupations, cutbacks in salaries, fear of harassment charges, and possible parent bias against them are driving men from the K-12 teaching field. But the unseen culprit in this demise could be seniority.

Live update: More and more workshops at conferences

Sitting at a table hanging out with some guys that is sponsored by the Men in Education Network (M.E.N.) Interest Forum at the National Association for the Education of Young Children conference and National Black Child Development Institute. We've been looking at the conference program and we're noticing more and more events about men, boys and fathers.

Manny or Nanny?

by Mumra - Blog
As the actress Keeley Hawes has hired a manny to look after her kids it has fired up discussion on men working in childcare again.

Does it matter if you nanny is male or female?

Would you have issue if your child had a male teacher at school or nursery?

After working in the childcare industry i will say now that any man that wanted to work in one of my nurseries i grabbed with both hands (not literally you can get done for that kind of thing!)

Men In Child Care: Crisis or Opportunity?

by Gregory Uba - Men in Child Care CAEYC
[MenTeach: We thought this was an interesting perspective about dealing with the global economic crisis. Perhaps using the current situation as an opportunity would be an effective strategy for recruiting unemployed men to consider teaching.]

The State Budget Crisis is having a huge impact on programs. Many of you have probably already heard of State Preschools turning in their contracts and closing centers. Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies have reduced services and cancelled trainings.

A good Kindergarten teacher is worth $320,000 a year

by David Leonhardt - New York Times
How much do your kindergarten teacher and classmates affect the rest of your life?

A Poetry Slam poem about teaching

MenTeach: Every year there is a National Poetry Slam in the United States. It is where individuals and teams compete performing their poems. It's not the poetry of your childhood. It's live, active and quite exciting to see.

Be warned that the content may have objectionable words and gestures:

Men who change nappies change the world!

by Bryan G. Nelson - MenTeach.org
[MenTeach: This article is published on ChildForum.com, a updated site hosted by Dr Sarah-Eve Farquhar. Dr. Farquhar, who lives and works in New Zealand, has been a pioneer in researching the importance and challenges facing male teachers. You can join her site by linking here. Great job Sarah!]

Men Answering My Childcare Ad

by Lisa Belkin - Motherlode - NYTimes Magazine
I posted an ad on Craigslist this week and found myself in the new economy.

With my older son leaving for college soon, I need to hire afternoon help, someone to drive my younger son from school and to activities, and to do cleaning and shopping and errands to round out the job. It has been more than a year since I last looked to hire for a position like this, and I expected many of the changes out there -- more people answering the ad, willing to work for less money, bringing experience that far exceeds the job requirements.

When it comes to childcare, I prefer a manny

by Rachel Johnson - London Evening Standard
It comes as no surprise to me that a male nanny is up for the childcare industry's biggest gong. Like Madonna  and Gwyneth Paltrow, Jemima Khan and Britney Spears, who all have given birth to boys and pretty quickly hired mannies, I've known that males make the best nannies for years.

The missing man in class

by Bill Maxwell, Times Columnist
I do not have solid proof, but I believe that the public school experience of my generation of black males in Jim Crow's South was far superior to that of most young African-American males in today's public schools anywhere in the nation.

On The Reason Why You May Only Get One Black Male Teacher Ever In Your Life (If At All)

by Jose - The Jose Vilson Blog
Here's a real and researched statistic for you. Before college, I only had 1 Black male teacher. I also believe I had 1-2 male Latino (sorry for redundancy, it's necessary) teachers in my lifetime before college as well. His name was Mr. Wingate and he taught me Computer Applications. In 12th grade.

Barring Male Educators: Safety Concern, Fear-Mongering, Or Discrimination?

by Amanda Hess - Washington City Paper
Washington Post "On Parenting" contributor Brian Reid let loose a little parenting secret: He would never hire a male tutor for his elementary-aged daughter. In "Little Girls, College Guys--and Nervous Parents," Reid writes:

Stephen Colbert suggests men work in child care

Stephen Colbert has a television show on Comedy Central. In this epsidoe he proposes that unemployed men should be hired to work in child care. Although it's a satirical comment - we think his right - men should work in child care.

An excerpted video clip from Stephen Colbert

Married to a man teaching in early childhood

by Melissa Behunin - Yuma Sun
My friend recently came to visit and lend a hand with the birth of our new son. As we sat in the midst of diapers, toys and dirty clothes, we said our good-byes as my husband and daughter headed toward the door to go to preschool. My husband, with a guitar on his back, adjusted our four-year-old daughter's piggy-tail one last time and bent down to fix her shoe.

Real men teach kids

by Jane Weinkrantz - New York Teacher
"Fewer Male Instructors Now Entering the City Public School Service" read a headline in The New York Times in March of 1912. Its first paragraph stated: "There is unmistakably a scarcity of men among the teachers recently appointed, or to be more accurate, among those who have accepted appointment.

Men wanted - because teaching isn't just women's work

by Sara Todd - Yorkshire Post - UK
More than a quarter of England's primary schools do not have a male teacher. This is the conclusion of a - for once - interesting and worthwhile Government survey.

Our son, who started school last September, is the only boy in his year. Most of the time he's happy enough but, every so often, declares himself "fed up of girls".

In search of black male teachers

by Edward Hayes - Chicago Public Education Examiner
Archaeologically speaking, male elementary teachers are going the way of the unindicted Illinois governor, virtual extinction. In 2007, the National Education Association announced that men are only 9 percent of America's elementary teachers -- a 40-year low. A sub-set of this species, the black male teacher, is so rarely seen in daylight that he becoming an urban myth.

Fear and Anti-Male Discrimination in the Classroom

In his book The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things, Barry Glassner discusses how Americans have become unnecessarily fearful of many things, thanks in good part to opportunistic politicians, single-minded advocacy groups, sensationalist news media, "news magazine" programming and so on.

Simply Teaching - One man's teaching journey

[MenTeach: This is an interesting blogpost from a male teacher. He tells an interesting story about his getting hired and cites numerous articles on the internet. This is an excerpt.]

Are There Any Male Teachers Out There?

by Dawn Farrell and Michelle McHugh -
As an individual walks through the halls of an elementary school more often than not they will observe only female teachers. One may ask are there any males in this profession? If so where are they? Gender roles have changed in the United States, yet there are still very few male teachers in the classroom especially at the elementary level.
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