A shortage of male teachers takes its toll

By Christina DeNardo - The Palm Beach Post, Florida USA

The National Education Association found that the number of male public school teachers is at a 40-year low.

Lenny Connors shakes his rear in time to music in front of 20 second-graders as a boombox screams the Macarena.

The 21-year educator tries to teach the rhythmically challenged students the moves of a song only heard today at weddings and bar mitzvahs.

''Shake your booty,'' he tells them.

''Hey Macarena!'' they shout.

Male Teaching Ranks Dwindling: Survey - Seoul, South Korea
A survey found that eight out of ten Seoul-based elementary school teachers are women. It also reported that some elementary schools have no male teacher.

The Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education said yesterday that the number of female teachers stood at 22,414 or 82.3 percent out of 27,219 elementary school teachers last year.

Male elementary teachers needed

By Karen Zapf - Leader Times - Kittanning, PA, USA
Jeff LucasTricia Urich watched with amazement a recent Christmas party in her son's classroom.

Urich, 46, of Ross, said her son, Tommy, 10, and his fourth-grade classmates at Perrysville Elementary in the North Hills School District were tossing a little ball, laughing and talking.

But when it was time to get back to business, teacher Brett Parkhill only had to tell the children once to return to their seats.

Ex-teacher settles for $131,500 after sex-case acquittal

by Donna Winchester, St. Peters Times Staff Writer
The Pinellas School Board agreed Tuesday to pay $131,500 to a former elementary school teacher who successfully defended himself on charges that he sexually abused two second-graders.

The board will pay Mark C. Fronczak a portion of the legal fees he incurred in his 2005 criminal trial, where he faced charges of capital sexual battery and lewd and lascivious molestation of two children at Southern Oak Elementary School. In exchange, Fronczak will waive his right to appeal the board's decision to fire him and will agree not to apply for future employment in the district.

Editorial: Abuse of children

One of the findings of our national study showed that one of the three major reasons why men do not enter or remain as teachers is because of fear of accusation of abuse. We receive e-mails every year from men falsely accused and then ultimately acquitted for the accusation.
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