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A Discussion About Men Teachers

There's been a great discussion over at a weblog by Dr. Helen.

Below is my comment in response to the discussions:

What a great discussion!

First, I want to thank Dr. Helen for starting this discussion.

I work with a national non-profit called MenTeach.

You can see our website about men teaching at MenTeach.org.

First Year Teacher Struggles

[MenTeach: We wanted to share this letter with everyone. Some of these challenges are faced by all first year teachers AND some are unique challenges for male teachers.]

I did not realize how political the public school game is! I just want to learn how to be a great teacher. I have people here that I feel are not really out for my best interest.

Another first year male teacher's struggles

[MenTeach: We wanted to share this letter with everyone. Some of these challenges are faced by all first year teachers AND some are unique challenges for male teachers.]

I did not realize how political the public school game is! I just want to learn how to be a great teacher. I have people here that I feel are not really out for my best interest.

Male instructors rare

Cathy Hayden

Jim Smallwood and Bill Hardin are rarities.

The two men, both social studies teachers at Byram Middle School, are the only male instructors many of their students have ever had.

They're in short supply nationwide, but even more so in Mississippi. New 2005 data compiled by the National Education Association show Mississippi has the lowest percentage of male teachers in the country.

Schools see shortage of male teachers

Sarah Hinckley - Herald Staff
After 20 years of working with cows, Rick Beal decided to take on a different animal: kindergarten students.

In his second year at Northeast Elementary School, Beal is one of seven full-time elementary male teachers out of 61 total — 11.5 percent — within the Rutland City public schools.

Statewide, men fill 13 percent of the full-time kindergarten to sixth-grade teaching positions.

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