Editorials

Acclaimed South African Author: Teaching not just for women

by JM Coetzee - Times
Acclaimed authour, JM Coetzee received an honorary doctorate from Wits University, in The Great Hall on the university campus. Coetzee, a double recipient of the Booker Prize and a winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, received a Doctor of Literature degree.

Why Black/Latino Male Teachers aren't as Effective in the Classroom...Yet

by Jose Vilson - Huffington Post
There's plenty of discussion about the need for more black/Latino males becoming teachers, capped by a recent discussion by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in which he promoted a program (TEACH) to help improve those numbers. In Jacksonville, FL, for instance, The Achieve Instill Inspire Foundation is looking to encourage more black males as teachers across the state by supplementing their education degrees.

Where men make up 97% of the teachers?

by Bryan G. Nelson - MenTeach
Where do men make up 97% of the teachers?

How about Liberia, Africa.

A Report: International Conference about men in early education in Berlin, Germany

by Bryan G. Nelson - MenTeach
The International Conference "Men in Early Childhood Education and Care" on the 27th and 28th of September 2012 in Berlin, Germany was quite an exciting event. There were people brought in from all over the world to talk about men teaching. I arrived early to the conference and was able to tour around Berlin. This is such a historic city and I was able to go on a walking tour.

We need the men!

by Pamela Haines - Promising Kids
One of the things I cherish about my husband is his abiding concern for young children. When I was still so-not-ready to have babies, all my attention going to being as big in the world as I could possibly be, he was working on a project in the schools to help young children respond creatively to conflict. Then he took a job in a little cooperative nursery school in our neighborhood, steadily building his skills and experience.

Man Up: Be a Teacher

by Nalin Ratnayake - Boston Teacher Residency
Something about our visit to the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative a couple of weeks ago stuck with me, and it's only recently that my percolating thoughts on the matter have condensed into something bloggable. During the welcome presentation, a gentleman from the board of DSNI (or possibly DSNCS) came in to say hi. He spoke briefly but warmly. On the way out he turned and added: "And by the way. Fellas. Where you at?

Too few men choose careers in teaching

Concord Monitor Staff
Children benefit from having role models from both genders. That's why, several years ago, the United States joined the many nations that launched campaigns to convince more men to become public school teachers. The effort was needed. In 2008, according to the National Education Association, the percentage of men in teaching hit a 40-year low of 25 percent and stayed there.

Resources for falsely accused teachers

MenTeach: One of the occupational hazards of working with children is the possibility of being falsely accused. It was one of three reasons why men don't stay with or start teaching (see our research).

An editorial: Male teachers are a rare and special species in Malaysia

by Nithya Sidhhu - The Star Online - Malaysia
While women teachers are known to multitask in motherly, mentoring ways, there are some things only a man can do, and that's what makes male teachers extra special.

I sometimes think we don't give our men teachers enough credit. Just because they are outnumbered by women in schools, it does not mean they should be overlooked or forgotten. They matter.

Are the percentages of male teachers going up or going down?

Bryan G. Nelson
MenTeach gets interviewed by media on a regular basis. One of the biggest challenges is when all of the interview doesn't get included. For example, in ExchangeEveryDay, June 7, 2012, we see a headline: Male Teachers Declining. Here's the article:

"The economic downturn seems to have worsened an already vast gap between the numbers of men and women teachers, particularly in the early grades," writes Sarah Sparks in Education Week (May 9, 2012).

A Career in Education in Arizona

by Marc Severson - Tucson Citizen
I have worked in education full time now for 33 years. Prior to that while training to be an archaeologist, I often helped out in my wife’s preschool. Also during down times in the field I would go back to work with the little ones. I enjoyed it; they enjoyed it; it was the proverbial “win-win”. They only thing that bothered me was that preschool didn’t pay much – minimum wage was common, no matter what your educational background. Of course at that time in the 70s archaeology didn’t pay that well either so I wasn’t losing much.

Are you an alien? Experiences of a male Primary School teacher

[MenTeach: We search out male teachers blog posts and like to give MenTeach readers an opportunity to read them.]

MenTeach Interview: Children learn best from role modeled behavior and approaches

Bryan G. Nelson has worked with young children, men, fathers and families since the 1980s. He is founding director of www.MenTeach.org and serves as faculty at Metropolitan State University in Minnesota. He is also a co-facilitator of the World Forum’s Men in Early Childhood Education project. He has received various awards including a fellowship to attend Harvard University to research men, fathers and children.

Dr Farquhar: Encourage more Men in early childhood education in New Zealand

Bringing up the paedophile hysteria of the past is not going to help raise the number of men working in early childhood education, a leading ECE expert says.

[MenTeach: Here's the interview of Peter Reynolds]

Gender imbalance in Korean Schools

by Korean Herald
As of 2011, women teachers accounted for 75.8 percent in the nation's primary schools, 66.8 percent in middle schools and 46.2 percent in high schools. These figures represent significant rise in the presence of female teachers at primary and secondary schools since a decade ago, when the respective figures were 68 percent, 59 percent and 35 percent.

Federal Law Title IX covers more than sports

by Wesley Knapp, Ph.D
Ask someone about Title IX and he or she is likely to tell you that it has to do with girls and sports. Ask many educators this question, and you are likely to receive a similar (but far windier) answer.

Title IX was legislation passed in 1972
that reads: "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal assistance."

Percentage of men seem to be increasing at 2011 national conference

Although the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) conference in Orlando, Florida seems like there are fewer attendees overall, the percentage of men seems to be increased.

Student Perspective: Benefits to being a man in a female-dominated teaching position

by Michael Nowels - The Mirror


Perhaps those who are surprised think it strange for a man to be going into teaching young children. That is valid, as there are not many male teachers. But the idea that men are not as suited for teaching as women is a cop-out.

I find this notion similar to the expectation that female doctors are somehow inferior, despite going through all the same training that their male counterparts have seen. Even though both viewpoints are remarkably narrow-minded, they are shared, whether consciously or subconsciously, by many.

Are you an alien? Experiences of a male Primary School teacher

“You’ll be on your knees by half term” a teacher told me today. I’m not sure if she meant exhausted or begging to keep my job. I seem to be in constant motion, if I wore regulation male teacher clothing I’d resemble a beige blur. I’ve developed a kind of speed walk, not fast enough so I could be accused of running in the corridor and setting a bad example, but a kind of lolloping quick step powered by my long, rangy legs.

The Need for More Male Teachers

by Will Scott - Third Year Medical Student and JCR Vice President at Queens' College, Cambridge
The recent statistics released by the General Teaching Council for England on the number of male teachers in schools, particularly primary schools, are concerning. While there has been a small (0.6%) increase in the number of primary schools that have at least one male teacher, over a quarter (27.2%) still do not. Overall, only 12% of primary school teachers are male.

The Need for More Men to Be Interested in Child Care Policy

by David Gray, Director, Workforce and Family Program at the New America Foundation
Today at the New America Foundation in Washington we held an event on child care policy in the context of the President's recent Race to the Top challenge grant. 170 people RSVPed for the event. 141 watched on the internet. 119 attended in person. However, counting myself, there were only 6 men at the event. 6 men out of 119 attending. That is a stunning statistic. It is also a significant problem for child care as a political issue.

Videos of Male Teachers from all over the World

MenTeach.org: Our work has exploded because of the internet. More and more men can reach out and hear from other men. In particular you can see other men and women videotaping and then posting interviews of men teaching. It's hopeful and inspiring - it helps to mitigate one of the biggest obstacles for men entering and staying in the profession - isolation.

New Book About Male Teachers: Go Where You Belong

A new book by Lemuel W. Watson and C. Sheldon Woods, Go Where You Belong: Male Teachers as Cultural Workers in the Lives of Children, Families, and Communities is available. "The purpose of this book is to continue the dialogue about the importance of men in the lives of young children and the teaching profession.

World Forum gathering of men teachers

We're attending the 2011 World Forum Conference in Hawai'i where there is a large network of men and women that want more men to teach. It's been an interesting gathering. I've realized that we have really moved a long way from when I first began working on this efforts.

Opinion: We Need More Black Male Teachers

by Michael H. Cottman - BlackAmericaWeb.com
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is on a mission: He wants to tour several historically black colleges and speak directly with African-American male students about teaching in the nation's public schools.

It's a bold and unprecedented initiative - and comes at a critical time for black America.

Mr. "Magg" talks about Washington Post blog

Ronald Maggiano - The Classroom Post
Washington Post education blogger Valerie Strauss featured my article, "We Need More Men Teaching our Kids,"  on her daily blog, The Answer Sheet. This is way cool!

In a piece called "Do We Need More Male Teachers?"  she wrote, "If you believe, as I do, that teaching (and teaching well) is as important a job as any, then it is equally important that young people see both men and women actively involved."

The End of the Male Teacher: Seniority Rules

by Alan Haskvitz - Education News
More lucrative occupations, cutbacks in salaries, fear of harassment charges, and possible parent bias against them are driving men from the K-12 teaching field. But the unseen culprit in this demise could be seniority.

Live update: More and more workshops at conferences

Sitting at a table hanging out with some guys that is sponsored by the Men in Education Network (M.E.N.) Interest Forum at the National Association for the Education of Young Children conference and National Black Child Development Institute. We've been looking at the conference program and we're noticing more and more events about men, boys and fathers.

Manny or Nanny?

by Mumra - Blog
As the actress Keeley Hawes has hired a manny to look after her kids it has fired up discussion on men working in childcare again.

Does it matter if you nanny is male or female?

Would you have issue if your child had a male teacher at school or nursery?

After working in the childcare industry i will say now that any man that wanted to work in one of my nurseries i grabbed with both hands (not literally you can get done for that kind of thing!)

Men In Child Care: Crisis or Opportunity?

by Gregory Uba - Men in Child Care CAEYC
[MenTeach: We thought this was an interesting perspective about dealing with the global economic crisis. Perhaps using the current situation as an opportunity would be an effective strategy for recruiting unemployed men to consider teaching.]

The State Budget Crisis is having a huge impact on programs. Many of you have probably already heard of State Preschools turning in their contracts and closing centers. Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies have reduced services and cancelled trainings.
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