September, 2017

Minister of Trinidad encourages men to become caregivers

by Camille Clarke - Guardian of Trinidad & Tobago
Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister (Gender and Child Affairs) Ayanna Webster-Roy says men will be targeted for participation in the next cycle of the Caregivers Training Programme offered by the ministry.

Male teachers still the minority in Western Australian schools

by Emily Baker - The Canberra Times
Julian Hofsink didn't think twice about his gender when he applied to study a Bachelor of Secondary Education at the University of Canberra.

But the second-year student will be in the minority should he work in ACT schools once he finishes his degree.

Defying assumptions but teaching with passion in India

by Akangchila Longchar - Dimapur, India
The concept that “Kindergarten teachers are always female” is a gender stereotype that a young male teacher at The Maple Tree School, Dimapur has defied. Imnawapang Changkiri has been working as a full-time kindergarten teacher for five years.

The Repercussions of the Black Teacher Shortage

by Mimi Kirk - Citylab
A recent study found that black students who have at least one black teacher do better in school. Making policy around this research is complicated.

Concern for vulnerable children as proportion of male teachers drops in Australia

by Jane Gilmore - The Sydney Morning Herald
Men are becoming a token presence in our children's schools. In 2016 fewer than one in five primary school teachers were men and if the current rate of decline continues male teachers will be extinct by 2050.

Tim Clark taught English and media in Melbourne for three years immediately after leaving university. After a break of six years he went back to teaching but left again four years later.

Commentary: What boys need in the classroom — a few good men

by Josh Brown - LA School Report
It’s only the second month of school and Ernesto has already cussed me out several times. He learned to protect himself in the school of hard knocks, where daily lessons involve neglect, abuse, and distrust from the adults in his life. His father left him when he was young, and his mother worked multiple jobs to support him and his younger brother. Underneath the tough exterior, however, I know there is a great 12-year-old kid.

Teacher's Day: Sir is not in class in India

by Uma Vishnu - Indian Express
If I am your class teacher, I know everything about you. I am supposed to," says Tathagata Dutta. Only minutes ago, the 31-year-old English teacher at The Shri Ram School, Gurgaon, had given a quick demonstration of those skills. Walking past a student in her football jersey, he had softly asked: "So, whom did you lose to?" "What do you mean?

2016 Winners of the NAEYC M.E.N. Interest Forum Awards

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Men in Education Network (M.E.N.) Interest Forum gives out two awards each year at the national conference. The first is the Champion for Men and Children Award which goes to a man, woman or organization that has made significant contribution to furthering our efforts to increase the number of men working with children. The recipient does not work directly with children.

History Lesson: Public school teachers - Legacy of low pay and little respect

Winona Daily News Centennial Edition Nov. 20, 1955
Only women taught school in the very first years of Winona's public school history. The low pay ($20 a month) did not attract men. Secondly, women, it seems, were considered more capable of handling the difficult discipline problems which cropped up in classes composed of children of so many different ages and backgrounds.

Editorial: Oh, the Places We Will Go

by Dr. Jill Klefstad - UW Stout
Another year has begun and the excitement of students returning to campus has been refreshing and hopeful. There is nothing like a break away from our daily routines to engage in purposeful reflection resulting in a rejuvenated spirit. This renewed attitude makes me wonder about the places we will go!