Editorials

Dispositions of Teacher Educators: The Effects on Male Students

by Dr. Jill Klefstad - University of Wisconsin - Stout
[MenTeach: Dr. Jill has been working to increase and retain men in her education program. We asked her to write about her experiences as a woman facilitator. You can find the other articles here.]

One perk to my job as Early Childhood Program Director is the opportunity to meet with incoming freshmen that are interested in becoming a teacher of young children. During our time together I share the high points of being an early childhood teacher and the benefits of working at a job you love.

One Day, Two Lives for a Male Student in Early Education

By Brandon Belmore - UW Stout - Wisconsin
Not very long ago, I was a 17-year-old teenager with no idea what I wanted to do after high school. I did not like school growing up, but I attended school so I could see my friends and of course because my parents were sending me out the door.

Don's Column "Just Say NO, to No Touch.”

by Donald E. Piburn, M.S.Ed - MenTeach - Hawaii
[MenTeach: Don Piburn has be working in early education for years. He has been instrumental in recruiting and retaining men teachers through his work in Hawaii hosting MenTeach retreats, serving on the AEYC affiliate board and being a founding father of the World Forum Men in Early Childhood Education (MECE). These articles were written 10 years ago and are still relevant to our work today.]

Column: What's Your Icon?

by Dr. Jill Klefstad - University of Wisconsin - Stout
[MenTeach: Dr. Jill has been working with a group of men to build a new men teacher's program. You read more here. And follow her successes here. And her other editorial.]

Don's Column "Men In The Lives of Young Children" at the 2005 World Forum Montreal

by Donald E. Piburn, M.S.Ed
[MenTeach: Don Piburn has be working in early education for years. He has been instrumental in recruiting and retaining men teachers through his work in Hawaii hosting MenTeach retreats, serving on the AEYC affiliate board and being a founding father of the World Forum Men in Early Childhood Education (MECE). These articles were written 10 years ago and are still relevant to our work today.]

Adam Buckingham – Trash to Treasures founder – died February 1

MenTeach: It is with true regret that I wanted to tell readers that we have lost a creative, talented, unique man in the early education profession. Adam Buckingham of New Zealand died on February 1, 2015.

Don's Column: The Velcro Child

by Donald E. Piburn, M.S.Ed - MenTeach - Hawaii
[MenTeach: Don Piburn has be working in early education for years. He has been instrumental in recruiting and retaining men teachers through his work in Hawaii hosting MenTeach retreats, serving on the AEYC affiliate board and being a founding father of the World Forum Men in Early Childhood Education (MECE). These articles were written 10 years ago and are still relevant to our work today.]

Some Percentages of Men in Education are increasing.

MenTeach: One of the interesting things about working for many years on an issue is that you can watch for trends and changes. We are noticing some changes in the percentage of men going into education. Below is the 2013 Bureau of Labor Statistics data about some education jobs. If you compare the percentages and numbers from 2012 to 2013 there is a significant increase in percentage of Assistant Teachers. In 2012 the percentage of men was 8.9% in 2013 it was 10.8%. Elementary & Middle school has increased from 18.6% to 19% in 2013.

Don's Column: Expect Male Involvement

by Donald E. Piburn, M.S.Ed - MenTeach - Hawaii
[MenTeach: Don Piburn has be working in early education for years. He has been instrumental in recruiting and retaining men teachers through his work in Hawaii hosting MenTeach retreats, serving on the AEYC affiliate board and being a founding father of the World Forum Men in Early Childhood Education (MECE). These articles were written 10 years ago and are still relevant to our work today.]

Benefits and Challenges of Male Early Childhood Teachers in Trinidad and Tobago

by Sabeerah Abdul-Majied and Kerwyn Seenath
There are few men in Early Childhood Education in Trinidad and Tobago (island population 1.2 million). In fact the total is 6 male teachers trained in Early Childhood (EC) in a twin island republic with 167 government and government assisted EC centres and 865 private EC centres. The number of male early educators seems strikingly low particularly since the government in its quest for quality EC provision is currently funding the expansion of the EC sector.

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Expect Male Involvement

by Donald E. Piburn, M.S.Ed
[MenTeach: Don Piburn has be working in early education for years. He has been instrumental in recruiting and retaining men teachers through his work in Hawaii hosting MenTeach retreats, serving on the AEYC affiliate board and being a founding father of the World Forum Men in Early Childhood Education (MECE). These articles were written 10 years ago and are still relevant to our work today.]

Don's Column: The Power of One

by Donald E. Piburn, M.S.Ed - MenTeach - Hawaii
[MenTeach: Don Piburn has be working in early education for years. He has been instrumental in recruiting and retaining men teachers through his work in Hawaii hosting MenTeach retreats, serving on the AEYC affiliate board and being a founding father of the World Forum Men in Early Childhood Education (MECE). These articles were written 10 years ago and are still relevant to our work today.]

Male Teachers Needed In Primary Grades

By Drew M. McWeeney - Fresh Talk - The Hartford Courant
Often, when we think about the fields of elementary education, early childhood education, special education and even English, we tend to think about them as being female-dominated. Having a specific gender committed to these professions is wonderful, but poses a major problem for our public educational system.

Column: Men in Early Childhood Education - On the Retreat In Hawaii

by Donald E. Piburn, M.S.Ed
[MenTeach: Don Piburn has been working in early education for years. He has been instrumental in recruiting and retaining men teachers through his work in Hawaii hosting MenTeach retreats, serving on the AEYC affiliate board and being a founding father of the World Forum Men in Early Childhood Education (MECE).

The Pendulum Column: Where is Mr. Waldo?

by Donald E. Piburn, M.S.Ed
[MenTeach: Don Piburn has been working in early education for years. He has been instrumental in recruiting and retaining men teachers through his work in Hawaii hosting MenTeach retreats, serving on the AEYC affiliate board and being a founding father of the World Forum Men in Early Childhood Education (MECE). These articles were written 10 years ago and are still relevant to our work today.]

We need more black male teachers like me

by Mario Shaw - Charlotte Observer
Mario Shaw is a 7th grade teacher at Charlotte's Ranson Middle School and a Teach for America product. With the 60th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling this Saturday, Shaw wanted to reflect on where things stand today on inequalities in public education.

Moms’ stories: Where are the men in Irish childcare?

Although we are very happy with Little Man’s crèche, one thing that Charlie and I really feel it is lacking is a male presence. For 8-10 hours a day on the days he is in childcare, Little Man is in a solely female environment. There are no male childcare workers there. And this is not a phenomenon that’s exclusive to one particular crèche.

Black Male Teacher Stands For Aspiration, Support

by Mark Jenkins, Jr. - FRESH TALK The Hartford Courant
I am one of the African American males who, according to The National Academy of Education, make up less than 2 percent of the nation's public school teachers.

It's a statistic that came out just a few months after CNN reported that black male students have dramatically fewer black male teachers as role models compared with their white peers. It's not a new phenomenon. In 2011, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan launched a recruitment campaign, "Black Men to the Blackboard," which called for more African American males to pursue education careers.

Being a male elementary school teacher

by Carl Love - The Press Enterprise
It’s an email from a Temecula school librarian that gets me thinking about what a rare breed I am.

I’m a male elementary school teacher. While exact numbers are hard to come by in the state or nationally, in searching the web, men seem to represent about 10 percent of elementary school teachers.

Locally, in Lake Elsinore, we are 37 out of 375 elementary teachers. In Temecula, we are 52 out of 419. In Murrieta, where I work, we are 35 out of 356 teachers.

Real Men or Real Teachers Author Paul Sargent died

[MenTeach: Paul Sargent died in February 2013. He wrote the significantly useful book: Real Men or Real Teachers. We truly appreciated his unique perspective about our work from a sociologist's perspective.]

By Lorena Nava Ruggero - San Diego State University

Spike Lee: We need options other than sports, rap and the corner

by Maureen Downey - Blog - Atlanta Journal Constitution
I just attended the U.S. Department of Education town hall meeting at Morehouse College featuring Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Congressman John Lewis, filmmaker and Morehouse graduate Spike Lee, Morehouse President Robert Michael Franklin, New Schools of Carver science teacher Christopher Watson, MSNBC contributor Jeff Johnson and Jonesboro’s Mundy’s Mill Middle School principal Derrick Dalton.

Op-Ed: We Are in Desperate Need of More Male Elementary School Teachers

by Greg Mullenholz - Take Part
Early in my career, before I was married, I admit that I enjoyed all the comments and attention that came with being a male elementary school teacher. “Awww, that’s so cute” or “You must be sensitive” were ones I heard quite often.

I remember that even in my teacher prep program, there were only three male elementary education students. Carl Bilotta, Corey Serio, and I sat at the same table, back of the room, for most of our methods classes. We were the three “amigos” in the world of the “amigas.”

I want to do something!

MenTeach gets e-mails from many men and women who want to contribute to the work the we do.

For example: I'm a 3rd grade teacher at the University of X, a K-12 public institution connected to the university and more specifically its College of Education. I've read through the MenTeach site and some of the published material from Bryan Nelson this evening. I am incredibly intrigued, as I have been wondering and hoping to have some involvement to also effect some change on this subject--or at the least do some work/study into these issues.

I want to teach

MenTeach
MenTeach: We get numerous e-mails from men who want to teach.

For example:

"I am a male interested in becoming an elementary school special education teacher.
The main thing holding me back is a fear that I will not be able to find a job due to gender discrimination.

In your experience, do men usually have trouble securing jobs for this reason?"

What is YOUR advice to this man?

Here's what we often share - it really depends on so many things:

Dreams for Manitoba men in early education

by Ron Blatz - Manitoba, Canada
I found it interesting that one of Canada's largest cities has taken on an initiative because of concerns that 80% of their teachers are female.  See attached article.  Yet is continues to be difficult to convince ECE Educators, Provincial Governments, or Employers in Centres to consider any significant initiative when the number of women in our ECE programs in Canada is still at 96-97%.

Same-Sex Education: Do Male Students Need a Male Teacher?

By Ilana Garon - EdWeek Blog
In last week's blog, I discussed my predominantly male class--a group of kids whose behavior I'd had tremendous difficulty managing last semester while team-teaching with a female special-education teacher. Now, with a male special-education teacher, the students' behavior was suddenly much improved.

Students find female role model in male-dominated field

By Amy Barnett - SHSU News Service
[MenTeach: What if you changed 'girl' in this article to 'boy' and 'women' to 'men' and offered early education careers or nurturing careers for men? Would you consider being a role model for boys and men to teach?]

Ask a 7-year-old girl what she wants to be when she grows up, and the possibilities are endless. She may tell you she wants to be a doctor or lawyer one day then decide to be an astronaut or teacher the next.

Employment Tips for First Time Teachers

by Jonathan Maiden - Employment Consultant
As a man in the field of Child Development, I know what it is like to be in search of a professional teaching position.  Below are a few helpful pointers to help you stand out from the rest of the pack:

Look like you belong

Missing: male teachers

by Alison Johnson - Mytidewatermoms.com
My 11-year-old son Tommy doesn't particularly like math. He does, however, love his 6th grade math teacher.

One big reason: His math teacher is male.
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