Editorials

Frustration with not finding teaching jobs

MenTeach
Since the NBC Nightly News report and the Newsweek article there's been a flurry of messages posted to the Forum. Some veteran teachers share that they are unable to get jobs. Each of their stories is different but several feel that they are being discriminated against and not even getting an interview.

Some are saying that keeping salaries low is one of the reasons because more experienced teachers cost more.

Some are saying it has to do with ageism.

What do you think and more importantly - What do you think is the solution?

MenTeach on NBC Nightly News

Bryan G. Nelson Director of MenTeach, Adam Fogolin - 5th grade teacher and Chad Ryburn - Principal from Highland Elementary School in Apple Valley, MN (district 196) will be featured on NBC Nightly News, Monday, October 1, 2007.

Hopefully we represented the profession favorably and presented the issue well.

Where Are The Men?

by Bryan G. Nelson - Editorial PRINCIPAL Magazine
The closest I've ever gotten to winning the lottery was living two blocks from where the winning ticket was sold. But that didn't stop my imagination. If I won, I'd buy the car I'd always wanted. I'd give my family and friends money to make some of their dreams come true. And I'd build the ideal school.

What is considered masculine has changed over time

MenTeach
I had the fortune of reading a paper titled Asking the Right Questions about Baltimore’s African-American Underclass Men and Boys by Jack Kammer, a graduate student at the University of Maryland. There are many interesting discussions and recommendations. One major recommendation is to have more men teachers.

Another very interesting section of his paper was about how the definition of masculine gender has changed over history.

The following is a list that you might find interesting:

If a woman can drive a tank in Baghdad, why can't a man change a diaper in Boston?

by Kitt Cox
I am an Early Care and Education professional currently serving as the Program Coordinator at the Ipswich Birth To Three Family Center, one of the 42 sites of the Massachusetts Family Network (MFN). I am also a former Schott Foundation Fellow (2006).

Editorial: A Creative Student Report About Male Teachers

MenTeach
One of the great things about having this website is meeting all the interesting men and women throughout the world.

And often, I hear from students who are doing a paper, presentation or report for a university class.

Recently, one student, Peter O'Reilly at Dominican University of California, posted a question in the MenTeach Forum and also ordered some books from MenTeach.

Male Teacher Levels Hit 40-Year Low; NY Elementary Teachers Only 9% Male

by Matthew Tabor
Ernst Lamothe Jr. of the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reports that the number of male teachers nationwide has hit a 40-year low and that the number of male teachers in New York State elementary schools has halved in about 25 years:

Editorial - Changing education to meet the needs of a future workforce

A report from the New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce called "Tough Choices or Tough Times," out of the National Center on Education and the Economy offers several major changes.

If a woman can drive a tank in Baghdad, why can't a man change a diaper in Boston?

by Kitt Cox
[Note: This is a letter from Kitt Cox, Program Coordinator for Birth to Three in Massachusetts to the Diversity Officer in Masschusetts.]

I'm writing to you to express concerns I hold regarding the diversity of the Massachusetts early education and care (EEC) workforce.

Our Voice, "More Black Male Teachers Needed"

Wilmington Journal Editorial Staff - Wilmington, DE, USA
Little Billy and Suzy attend kindergarten at the local elementary school. They don't have very many male teachers around to give them a different perspective on the world, but at least they have Ms. Purpinski. In fact, little Suzy and Ms. Purpinski have something in common - they both have blonde hair and love to sing.

They get along fine.

Billy is a boy, but Ms. Purpinski encourages him to run around, play on the playground equipment, and when he falls down and hurts his knee, she cradles him in her arms and wipes away the tears.

We shouldn't have to make men feel guilty about working with children

by Lydia Lovric, Special to The Province - Canada
Now, more than ever before, men are hesitant to enter the teaching profession because they fear others will view them as potential pedophiles.

"We get so hysterical about the slightest suggestion of contact between male teachers and their charges . . . that men are reluctant to teach at the elementary school level," suggests Boris Johnson, a British author and politician.

Editorial - Why become a teacher?

We read about new graduates trying to find a job as a teacher. They often are frustrated that, after four years (and sometimes more) of teacher education and loans to repay, they cannot find a teaching job. One of the biggest challenges is that people often do not want to relocate.

We can understand this reluctance to move. But there are teaching jobs out there - IF a person is willing to relocate.

Teaching is an outstanding career. You can read some of the stories about men who love teaching on the MenTeach website.

Opinion - Where have all the good male teachers gone?

by Sam de Brito - Blog
I don't have children but one of my standard questions when I meet young couples is to ask "Do your kids have any male school teachers?" If their biters are in primary school, the answer is invariably "no", which comes as little surprise considering that just over 20 per cent of primary school teachers nationwide are male.

There are a lot of reasons for this - the rates of pay, the status of teachers in society and the greater threat faced by male educators of being accused of kiddie fiddling, to name a few.

Editorial - Ten years teaching a course in Male Involvement

Paul Proett has been teaching a college class about Male Involvement in early childhood for ten years at Canada College.

That has to be some type of record!

Canada College isn't in Canada - it's in Redwood, California, USA and he's offered it in the Early Childhood Studies department.

He has included topics about men teaching and father involvement. The course will soon be offered at another college.

What teachers make - A story being sent around the internet

Unknown author
The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life.

One man, a CEO, decided to explain the problem with education. He argued, "What's a kid going to learn from someone who decided his best option in life was to become a teacher?"

He reminded the other dinner guests what they say about teachers: Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach."

To stress his point he said to another guest; "You're a teacher, Bonnie. Be honest. What do you make?"

Repeat after me: we need more men

By Cristina Odone - Guardian, UK
I have been immobilised by flu, so my husband offered to pick up our daughter from nursery earlier last week.

Isabella looked worried: 'Ooooooooh, I don't know if they allow men in our school,' she said as she shook her head.

I suddenly realised that both her (co-ed) nursery and the (co-ed) primary school it is attached to are men-free zones.

Where have all the male teachers gone?

Boy, what a difference

By Moira MacDonald - TorontoSun.com

Marks are up, misbehaving is down when girls aren't in the classroom


She was a kind-faced principal, on the verge of retirement and clearly loved kids. I was visiting her for a story about crumbling school buildings. We'd finished the tour of her school and were chatting on the bench outside her office, the same one the misbehaving students (mostly boys) sat on.

She leaned toward me and said, "You know, the schools aren't made for boys, they're made for girls."

A Report about - A National Symposium – Men in the Lives of Young Children

by Don Piburn
MenTeach.org, Chattahoochee Technical College (CTC), National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – Men in Education Network (M.E.N.) and the Child Care Information Exchange held A National Symposium – Men in the Lives of Young Children on Wednesday, November 9, 2006 as a pre-conference session at the annual NAEYC National Conference.

Classroom Distinctions - One man's classroom experience

By Tom Moore - New York Times
MenTeach: This opinion piece appeared in the New York Times.

Tom Moore, a 10th-grade history teacher at a public school in the Bronx, is writing a book about his teaching experiences.

Editorial: Abuse of children

MenTeach
One of the findings of our national study showed that one of the three major reasons why men do not enter or remain as teachers is because of fear of accusation of abuse. We receive e-mails every year from men falsely accused and then ultimately acquitted for the accusation.

A Discussion About Men Teachers

There's been a great discussion over at a weblog by Dr. Helen.

Below is my comment in response to the discussions:

What a great discussion!

First, I want to thank Dr. Helen for starting this discussion.

I work with a national non-profit called MenTeach.

You can see our website about men teaching at MenTeach.org.

Determined to succeed - #8

[MenTeach Note: We've asked a man who just finished his teaching program to write about his teaching job. This was the last post we received of The New Kids e-mails. He said that he was leaving the school and was going to look for another teaching job in another state. We hope we'll hear from him again to find out what happened.]

Called to the Principal's office - #7

[MenTeach Note: We've asked a man who just finished his teaching program to write about his teaching job. We'll post each of his journal entries during the year. Post your comments here for him to read - and of course, wish him luck!]

The World Series - #6

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Read Post #1 #2 #3 #4 #5

The alphabet, letter by letter, every week - #5

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Read Post #1 #2 #3 #4

Going on a school retreat - #4

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Read Post #1 #2 #3

Kid Teacher works on his classroom - #3

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Read Post #1 #2

Another week for a new teacher - #2

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Read Post #1

People wanted to know:

Did you get the classroom finished?

A man starts a new job as Kindergarten teacher - #1

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Friday, August 11, 2006

Editorial: Great Britain aims for five-fold increase in Men Teachers

I read an article about the British government working to invest in increasing the number of men teachers.

There has been a growing movement in other countries to increase the number of men teaching.

We've reported this happening in New Zealand and Australia. (Do a search for "male teacher")
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