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Where are minority male teachers?

By Elmer Smith - Philadelphia Daily News
YOU COULD always tell when the VIPS were on campus. They drove newer cars, wore softer clothes.

It was easy to spot them among the denim-clad, recent high-school grads who made up most of the male student population on Temple's main campus in the '70s.

Veterans in Public Service or Veterans in Public Schools, to name their program for its mission, offered former Vietnam-era veterans a substantial stipend, free tuition and a generous book allowance.

Officials pleased, [the most percentage of male teachers in United States], even if they can't explain it

Topeka Capitol Journal - Topeka, KS, USA
Kansas makes the honor roll when it comes to the rate of male teachers in classrooms. Leading the nation with a 33.4 percent male teaching staff, Kansas is trailed by Oregon at 31.6 percent and Alaska with 31.5.

Why so many?

There's no easy answer.

But Brenda Dietrich, superintendent of schools for Auburn-Washburn Unified School District 437, is delighted with the state's performance. She likes the balance, she said, that the large percentage of male teachers brings to the classroom.

Male teachers try to make a difference in the classroom

By Donna Holman - T & D, Orangeburg, SC, USA
Jacob Smith is a first-year math and science instructor at Carver-Edisto Middle School in Orangeburg Consolidated School District Four in Cope, but he's no neophyte when it comes to working with male students.

Smith has been working for the past five years as a youth program director at Branchville High School. He has a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in elementary education.

Schools Seek a Few Good Men - Districts Try to Increase the Number of Male Elementary School Teachers

By Bob Jamieson, ABC News
In a cheerful, colorfully decorated classroom at Alexander Elementary School in a poor, gloomy neighborhood of Greenville, S.C., Damon Qualls is surrounded by eager fifth graders. As he reads from a biography of Eleanor Roosevelt, the 15 fifth graders give him their complete attention, a measure of respect for Qualls in only his third year as a teacher.

Goodbye, Mr. Chips: Male teachers scarce

By Casey Parks - The Oregonian
One group puts the percentage of male teachers in the U.S. at a 40-year low, with Oregon doing better than most states. Some say the disparity hurts students

BEAVERTON -- No matter how unruly a class gets, when P.J. Hanson walks into the room all the kids sit up straight. "It's so weird," the second-grade teacher at Chehalem Elementary School says. "There are women who are tougher and more firm, but kids sometimes still won't listen. But because I'm a man, they really respond."

This teacher is no ordinary Joe

By Jessica Garrison - Los Angeles Times
Rafe Esquith's classroom is dingy and cluttered, but it hardly matters. Within seconds inside it, it becomes clear why Esquith has been anointed as one of those magical teachers who propels his poor, immigrant students to impossible heights.

Where’s the man?

By Aaron Falk - HJNews.com - 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.

Does the teacher's gender affect students' grades?

ABC News - Chicago
Would your son do better in school with a male teacher? What about your daughter with a female teacher?

A new study suggests that gender may be the key to ensuring your child's success in school, which in turn may be the answer to the academic troubles that many boys have.

"Overall, two-thirds of the D's and F's in American schools are received by the boys. We've got a drop-out rate that's increasing," explains Michael Gurian, author and family therapist.

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 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.

Program Seeks to Recruit and Retain Black Male Teacher

K. Chandler - Chicago Defender - Chicago, IL, USA
"The sad reality is that a young boy could go through his entire education without ever having a teacher who looks like me."

-- Reg Weaver, NEA president of the 2.7 million-strong education organization.

Men in the classroom, teachers and role models

By Phyllis Coulter - Bloomington Pantagraph - Bloomington, IL, USA
Being a male elementary school teacher sometimes carries with it the added responsibility of being a male role model. "For a lot of kids, I'm the only male they interact with on the daily basis," said Ken Hamerlinck, first-grade teacher at Sheridan Elementary School, Bloomington. "You owe it to them to be a good role model."

Complacency over current shortage of male teachers

Male Teacher Belfast

Like many boys, my son has gone through his entire primary schooling without having had a male teacher. Does it matter? Do boys need male role models?

Would he be a more rounded person, better able to fit into society, if he had the experience of both male and female teachers?

More male teachers not required, says report

James Meikle
Boosting the number of male teachers in school would have little impact on boys' attitudes towards education or their academic results, a report says today.

Only one in eight primary teachers is a man and the figure for nurseries is smaller at one in eleven, but the idea boys would do better if they had more male role models in the classroom is misguided, say contributors to the report Boys to Men.

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.

Male instructors rare

Cathy Hayden

Jim Smallwood and Bill Hardin are rarities.

The two men, both social studies teachers at Byram Middle School, are the only male instructors many of their students have ever had.

They're in short supply nationwide, but even more so in Mississippi. New 2005 data compiled by the National Education Association show Mississippi has the lowest percentage of male teachers in the country.

Schools see shortage of male teachers

Sarah Hinckley - Herald Staff
After 20 years of working with cows, Rick Beal decided to take on a different animal: kindergarten students.

In his second year at Northeast Elementary School, Beal is one of seven full-time elementary male teachers out of 61 total — 11.5 percent — within the Rutland City public schools.

Statewide, men fill 13 percent of the full-time kindergarten to sixth-grade teaching positions.

Read more.

A math teacher's second year

Here's a link to a math teacher. You can read about his first year.

How will his second year go?

Find out by reading his blog.

Mannies Are the New Mary Poppins

By Michael Y. Park - Fox.com News
Britney Spears may not be setting the pop music tempo for the world right now, but Mama Federline's influence is being felt in at least one way: the sudden craze for mannies. Male nannies, that is.

How to become a certified teacher

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Gentle Men and Strong Women - Avoiding the Male Teacher Trap

by Ronit Baras - Family Matters
In her article More male teachers needed, Gayle wrote about the reasons male teachers are needed in the education system. She expressed it from a mother's point of view and described how beneficial it is for children to have male figures in their life, especially in a society where many kids do not live with mum and dad in the same house.

Needed in class: a few good men

By Jodi Helmer - The Christian Science Monitor
Lowly status, poor pay, and fear of lawsuits are pushing the numbers of male teachers in US classrooms to an all-time low.

Tips for male teachers - A forum discussion

Discussion at A to Z Teacher's Stuff - another site's forum
I am going back to school to get an elementary teaching certificate. I currently work in accounting and have a business degree but through years of volunteer work with Junior Achivement feel that teaching is my calling. I found a great accelerated program and looking forward to changing to a more rewarding career. I know male elementary teachers are rare and my advisor has told me I will have no problem getting a job if I come out of the program with the needed skills and great portfolio.
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