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Why don't more MEN work with CHILDREN? Abuse Stigma? Low Pay? Watch the movie!

[MenTeach: This is one of the most informal talks about men teaching. A guy just walking along the highway talking about men working with children. Gotta love YouTube! You can see more of his thoughts about other ideas here: The Demcad Channel]

"Men are severely underrepresented in elementary schools, child care homes and day care centers. In this video, I'll explain why I think many men avoid teaching."

Men in Rush to be Primary Teachers

by Natalie Chalk - Daily Express
The number of men applying to be primary school teachers has rocketed during the economic downturn.

Education has turned into a boom industry with a 52 per cent increase in male applicants wanting to teach four to 11 year olds over the past year.

Figures from the Training and Development Agency for Schools reveal how a combination of recession and redundancies has forced people to re-evaluate their career goals.

Number of men applying to be primary school teachers soars by more than 50% thanks to recession

by Sarah Harris - Mail Online
It is a profession which has been dominated by women for generations. But now it appears many more men want to become primary school teachers.

The surge of applicants for training courses is being put down to the economic downturn and rising unemployment making the job more attractive.

The number of men wanting to train for primary teaching has risen 52 per cent in the last year, from 3,125 to 4,746.

What If We Treated Doctors The Way We Treat Teachers?

by Shaun Johnson - Assistant professor - Towson University
A good friend and colleague who is now in Chicago first gifted me with this parable. It's been in my thoughts lately as my wife pursues her medical degree. In fact, she and I have talked about this at length, and when making comparisons between how physicians and teachers are treated, she is just as astounded.

Helping students go from 'Boys 2 Men'

Sixth-grader Elijah Brown's blue dress shirt bagged out over his beltless khakis inside the cafeteria at Forest Heights Elementary School. The loose look may have been a style choice, but it also was clear that Elijah had some room to grow into those dress clothes.

40% of grandparental childcare provided by men

A report published today by childcare charity Daycare Trust has shattered the traditional image of grandparent carers, revealing a greater gender balance than previously thought, and a generation of 'super-grandparents' combining employment with childcare responsibilities.

Increasing need for Elementary School Teachers

An always increasing population means that more teachers are needed to instruct America's youth.

With 597,000 job openings expected between 2008 and 2018, elementary school teachers will see more job growth than any other career that requires a bachelor's degree, according to the College Board.

Training: You'll need a bachelor's degree, plus certification, to teach elementary school. Requirements vary by state, though private schools require only a bachelor's to get started.

Average Pay: $53,150

A male teacher refuses to leave teaching

Approximately 24 students will be officially inducted into Claflin University's Call Me MISTER program.

The Call Me MISTER program is designed to increase the number of African American male teachers working in South Carolina's classrooms.

Call Me MISTER collaborator Hayward Jean said, "There is an overabundance of negative role models out there today.

"We are creating positive role models for children inside and outside the classroom"

Special Report: Men Teaching in Canada

[MenTeach: See video interview with Jon Bradley]

Teaching elementary or high school has never been a very popular career choice for men.

But the number of men choosing to teach in the 21st century is extraordinarily low.

The latest percentage of male teachers in the United States

This is the 2010 United States Bureau of Labor Statistics data about numbers and percentages of teachers. If you compare the 2010 data with 2009 there are some changes. Check out the data and then go look at the previous years: Data about Teachers.

Eastern Kentucky University program aims to attract more African-American males to teaching

Special to The Richmond Register
African American children comprise 17 percent of the student population nationwide, but their chances of seeing an African-American male teacher in front of their classroom are about 1 in 100.

Florida school encouraging more black men to become teachers

by Sherri Ackerman - The Tampa Tribune
When Clifford Brady walked the halls of Roland Park Elementary some 35 years ago, students knew their hair had better be combed and their shirts clean.

One of them was Lionel Bryant, a sixth-grader who would grow up to work with students at the same school.

A Few More Few Good Men

Dr. Sarah Farquhar - New Zealand
Good news for children and families - more men are being employed in early childhood services.

But the bad news is continuing for the ECE sector as the percentage of male staff remains lower than it was pre the early 1990s.
 
In 1992 there were 154 men out of a total of 6,568 staff in licensed teacher-led early childhood services.

Do we need more male teachers?

By Valerie Strauss - Washington Post
Ronald Maggiano is somewhat unusual in the teaching profession. That is because he is male.

Maggiano is an award-winning teacher in the Social Studies Department at West Springfield High School in Virginia. He has taught in public and private schools for 25 years.

In a piece on his blog called "The Classroom Post," he calls for more males to enter the profession.

Here's why:

Scottish project recruits young men to work in childcare

by Ross Watson - Children & Young People Now
A project in Scotland, aimed at recruiting young and unemployed men into the childcare sector, has received #50,000 of funding to increase training opportunities.

The Coalfield Trust awarded the money to the Men into Childcare project, which aims to help young and unemployed men in former mining areas in East Ayrshire. The Trust was originally formed in 1999 to help mining communities recover from the impact of pit closures.

American Federation of Teacher Early Educator

AFT early childhood educator, Robert Leonard Johnson, developed an amazing desire and interest in teaching and helping others to obtain their goals at a young age.  For a neighbor with special needs, Robert served as a tutor.  He spent much of his recreational time away from friends and taught his neighbor the letters of the alphabet, numbers, shapes and colors.  He knew even at a young age just how important the early years are in a ch

New calls to end discrimination against male childcarers

by Sue Learner - NurseryWorld
Andy Morris, chief executive at Asquith Nurseries, is urging a comprehensive change in nursery recruitment policies. Currently, only two per cent of the early years workforce is male.

The trend carries on into primary school, with no male teacher at nearly a third of primary schools in the UK, according to recent figures from the General Teaching Council (News, 8 September 2010).

Maryland Looks To Recruit More Black Men As Teachers

Maryland said it's working to recruit more black men to work as educators in the state.

The nation's education secretary renewed his call this week for more black men to become teachers. They currently make up only 2 percent of educators nationwide.

For the most part, Maryland is in same boat, but there are some exceptions.

Spike Lee: Black Male Teachers Needed to Teach

By Elizabeth Prann - FoxNews.com
More black men need to teach -- that from filmmaker Spike Lee during a speech with Education Secretary Arne Duncan at Morehouse College in Atlanta this week.

"We have more young black people in prison than enrolled in colleges and universities. That's a frightening number," Lee said.

The U.S. Department of Education reports less than 2% of teachers are black men.

Male teachers in Mississippi elementary schools

by Melikssa M. Scallan - SunHerald
When Adrian Dodson took a job at Pass Road Elementary teaching physical education, he wasn't sure he would like it. He had been teaching and coaching at middle and high schools for two years and wasn't used to younger students.

Now, nine years later, he wouldn't work anywhere but an elementary school.

Gaming to re-engage boys in learning

MenTeach: There's a site that shows interesting talks called TED: Ideas Worth Spreading. Here's a link to a talk about boys. We include it on MenTeach.org because the lecturer mentions the need for more male teachers. Thanks to MenTeach member Kitt Cox for sending the link! Enjoy!

Morehouse College wants more Black male teachers in American classrooms

Morehouse College is one of the most prestigious of our nation's Historically Black Colleges/Universities, but it's safe to say it's one of the prestigious of our nations colleges. Morehouse is not only historically Black, but also the only college that educates Black males.

Black Male Teachers

by Chris Levister - Black Voice News
William Alexander was all ears at his mother's home in Riverside during President Barack Obama's back-to-school message to kids Tuesday. The Oakland elementary school teacher who was in the area attending a conference knows the importance of encouraging children to stay in school. In 2004 he became the first in his family to go to college.

From a Criminology degree to Early Childhood Education

Bennie Cooper earned a BA degree in criminology in 1994, but he became interested in early childhood education (ECE) when his daughter was born five years ago. He found it to be a challenge to find a good child care center for his daughter -- not one seemed good enough.

A few good men: Male elementary teachers in Georgia

Brandon Bell is in the minority.

He's a man, and he teaches elementary school.

Bell, a third-grade teacher at Nesbit Elementary, is one of about 250 male elementary classroom teachers in Gwinnett County Public Schools. That number excludes physical education teachers and those who teach specials such as art or music. In all, there about 400 men who teach elementary school.

Mentoring programs in Dallas schools aim to give boost to young black males

By Katherine Leal Unmuth / The Dallas Morning News
A group of teenage boys dressed in formal attire form a circle and join hands inside a classroom on a recent evening inside Dallas' Carter High School.

One by one, they're asked to contribute a positive affirmation. Don't be a follower. Life is full of choices. Control your anger.

The 2011-2012 U.S. Department of Education Teaching Ambassador Fellowship Application is Now Available!

The application for the 2011-2012 Teaching Ambassador Fellowship is now available on USAJobs and will close on January 17, 2011.

It is important that we continue to recruit high-quality applicants who represent the diversity of our school populations and the different settings and subjects in which students receive instruction across our country.

First male teacher graduated with Growing Our Own Teachers in Hawaiian program

The Garden Island.com
Danison Sarmiento was a milestone in the Growing our Own Teachers on Kaua'i program, Thursday at the Rotary Club of Hanalei Bay meeting in Princeville.

Since its inception, the program has already entered more than two dozen elementary school teachers into the Kaua'i school system. Sarmiento of Kekaha is the first male teacher scheduled to graduate in May, said Dr. Kani Blackwell, the program's coordinator from the University of Hawai'i.

Male teacher bridges language gap

by Kristi Albertson - Daily InterLake.com
Brent Benkelman is unique among Kalispell's public school teachers.

For starters, he is the only male kindergarten teacher in Kalispell Public Schools.

But Benkelman also has distinguished himself by learning enough Russian to communicate with students whose first language isn't English.

Math educator recognized for excellence

by Elahe Izadi - Maryland Gazette.net
Thomas S. Stone Elementary fifth-graders standing before Michael Gilchrist's class on Monday morning did more than present their answers to fractions problems: They also defended them.
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