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.

Many male teachers keep choosing higher grades

Lee Colony - GM Today Staff

WAUKESHA - Ben Miles is a rarity, but he doesn’t mind. In fact, he said he likes it a lot.

Why is Miles a rarity? He’s a man teaching in the early elementary school grades.

He’s even more of a rarity because he’s a kindergarten teacher, now as a long-term substitute at Saratoga Elementary School.

Wanted: More Male Teachers

Each year more women become doctors and more men become nurses. In most fields, workforce stereotypes are fading away. But there's a good chance that's not the case in your child's classroom. 37% of teachers in Sioux Falls high school classrooms are men.

They make up 23% of Middle school teachers and account for just 7% of teachers in elementary school. It's a shortage that has been seen nationwide and experts say it could be harmful to your child's education.

Read the article.

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

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.
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