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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.

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.

Male teachers are a rare breed – particularly when it comes to early years classrooms

by Elizabeth Buie - Times Educational Supplement - London, England, UK
Brendan Creaney is a man without fear. He is lying on his back, mouth wide open, on a pretend dentist's chair while a group of three and four-year-olds poke about in his mouth and examine his teeth. Eventually, his dental appointment is over and he is allowed to get up.

Editorial - Ten years teaching a course in Male Involvement

Paul Proett has been teaching a college class about Male Involvement in early childhood for ten years at Canada College.

That has to be some type of record!

Canada College isn't in Canada - it's in Redwood, California, USA and he's offered it in the Early Childhood Studies department.

He has included topics about men teaching and father involvement. The course will soon be offered at another college.

School pays student loans to recruit male staff

by Birdie Smith - The Age - Australia
A SCHOOL in Melbourne's west is offering to pay its former students' HECS debts and guarantee employment to graduating male primary school teachers, as it tries to recruit male teachers and tackle gender imbalance in the staffroom.

At Westbourne Grammar School in the outer western suburb of Truganina, male students who go on to study primary teaching at tertiary level will have their HECS fees paid by the school in full. This figure amounts to about $5000 per student per year.
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