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Men in the classroom, teachers and role models

By Phyllis Coulter - Bloomington Pantagraph - Bloomington, IL, USA
Being a male elementary school teacher sometimes carries with it the added responsibility of being a male role model. "For a lot of kids, I'm the only male they interact with on the daily basis," said Ken Hamerlinck, first-grade teacher at Sheridan Elementary School, Bloomington. "You owe it to them to be a good role model."

Complacency over current shortage of male teachers

Male Teacher Belfast

Like many boys, my son has gone through his entire primary schooling without having had a male teacher. Does it matter? Do boys need male role models?

Would he be a more rounded person, better able to fit into society, if he had the experience of both male and female teachers?

More male teachers not required, says report

James Meikle
Boosting the number of male teachers in school would have little impact on boys' attitudes towards education or their academic results, a report says today.

Only one in eight primary teachers is a man and the figure for nurseries is smaller at one in eleven, but the idea boys would do better if they had more male role models in the classroom is misguided, say contributors to the report Boys to Men.

The Good, the Bad and the Few: Men In Child Care

by Shaun Becker
As a recent ECE graduate, I have an advantage when I look at my prospective child care career. On practicums in the field, I have observed some of the issues — both good and bad — unravelling around having a male caregiver in a child care centre. A men’s networking/support group, offered through the Manitoba Child Care Association, has given me insight into aspects of my career — both good and bad — that lie ahead. In North America, men typically represent less than five per cent of the child care field.

Legal issues of accusations

There is an interesting discussion about hugging children in the Atlanta newspaper. Here is one excerpt:

As to the male teachers:

Remember I'm a lawyer - I do criminal cases. I'm by nature somewhat conservative. My point of view is skewed by my work where I walk into these disasters and try to throw enough oil on the water to get a resolution people can live with. Around here misdemeanor sexual battery is a lifetime sex offender registration.

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