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Male teachers needed at Chinese kindergartens

It's that time of the year again, when millions of college graduates in China brace themselves for the brutally competitive job market. But if you're a male graduate, at least one profession welcomes you with open arms.

A young man, in a traditionally female profession.

Breaking the gender barrier in childcare in New Zealand

by Talia Shadwell - Stuff - New Zealand
On a scale of All Black to astronaut, "kindergarten teacher" is unlikely to make the cut on most Kiwi boys' dream career wishlists.

In New Zealand, early childhood education is traditionally a female-dominated sector where men make up just 2 per cent of the workforce, according to Child Forum.

Chinese officials give preferential hiring treatment to male teachers because Chinese boys are 'too effeminate'!

by Jiayun Feng - SupChina
This is news to no one — women really do have to work harder than men in order to receive equal treatment and opportunity in the workplace. The disparity is particularly pronounced in primary education in China, where schools and government officials are exhibiting an increasingly apparent preference for male candidates while recruiting teachers.

A Black male preschool teacher is rare. He wishes it wasn't

By Bill Torpy, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Walk into any child care or preschool center and what are you going to see other than small kids, toys, blocks and books?

Well, female teachers. There's an absolute dearth of men in the field. Like, a big-time absence.

Estimates of men in early childhood teaching jobs range from 1% to 6%, with most guesses closer to the first number.

Male Teachers Share Advice for Getting More Men Into the Profession

By Elizabeth Heubeck — EducationWeek
“It takes some degree either of social ignorance or of personal courage for a man to enter teaching at the elementary school level,” wrote education professor George I. Brown in a 1960 Phi Delta Kappan article about recruiting more men to the teaching profession. For a man to teach “is to spit in the face of a strong societal stereotype.”

More than 60 years later, these assertions may seem vastly outdated. But females continue to outnumber males in K-12 classrooms by about 3 to 1, and stereotyping persists.
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