Boy, what a difference

By Moira MacDonald -

Marks are up, misbehaving is down when girls aren't in the classroom

She was a kind-faced principal, on the verge of retirement and clearly loved kids. I was visiting her for a story about crumbling school buildings. We'd finished the tour of her school and were chatting on the bench outside her office, the same one the misbehaving students (mostly boys) sat on.

She leaned toward me and said, "You know, the schools aren't made for boys, they're made for girls."

A Young Boy's Desire To Be A Teacher

My son is 11years old & in the 5th grade. He is currently working on his "Career Museum" project and we really appreciated the editorial from 10/5/05. Do you have any more current statistics regarding the percentage of men teachers, especially in primary education?

My son has wanted to be a teacher since Kindergarten. His best teacher to date was his male Kindergarten teacher. He has related very well to both male teachers he has had in his school life.

A Report about - A National Symposium – Men in the Lives of Young Children

by Don Piburn, Chattahoochee Technical College (CTC), National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – Men in Education Network (M.E.N.) and the Child Care Information Exchange held A National Symposium – Men in the Lives of Young Children on Wednesday, November 9, 2006 as a pre-conference session at the annual NAEYC National Conference.

City boys' schools happy with male teacher numbers

By Reon Suddaby - Waikato Times - New Zealand
The principals of two Hamilton boys' schools are happy with their male staff numbers, and will not consider in-house training to encourage more men into the profession.

Nelson College principal Gary O'Shea is so worried by the shortage of male teachers he has suggested an in-school teacher-training facility at the college.

It would give a small number of graduates a one-year training course, with a view to Nelson College employing them once they qualified, he said.

Where’s the man?

By Aaron Falk - - Logan, UT, USA
For Jayson Curtis, family is the reason to teach.

"I've had jobs in the past where I've worked 12-hour days," says the elementary education major at Utah State University. "I just missed so many birthday parties and things. ... I wanted to watch my daughter grow up."

But family - combined with a handful of other factors - is one of the reasons for a national shortage of male elementary school teachers, and a subsequent shortage of male role models in the classroom, officials say.
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