Editorials

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

[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!]

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

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

[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!]

Read Post #1 #2 #3 #4

Going on a school retreat - #4

[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!]

Read Post #1 #2 #3

Kid Teacher works on his classroom - #3

[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!]

Read Post #1 #2

Another week for a new teacher - #2

[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!]

Read Post #1

People wanted to know:

Did you get the classroom finished?

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

[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!]

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")

Editorial: Working Together to Recruit Men To Teach

MenTeach
What would happen if every man that is currently teaching were to seek out any other man in his community that is also teaching? Either in early education, elementary school or high school?

More Male Teachers Needed

by Gayle - Parenting Teen Blog
Are your teen's teachers male or female? Does that question ever come up for you? Do you consider whether your student is getting good role models from both sexes?

Editorial: The Paradox of Male Teachers' Independence

I was thinking about a group of men that I met with a few months ago. They've been organizing and trying to meet as a group. It's slow going. Sometimes guys don't show up for the dinner or get-together, which can be challenging for the man that is organizing the activity.

What I've come to realize that for many men who teach, the quality or characteristic that helps them remain in the field, persistence and independence also causes them to not want to belong to a group. Paradoxical isn't it.

Editorial: How do we value working with children?

There's lots of talk about teaching and early education and how important it is. Yet, we don't see the resources put into teachers. Salaries still remain much lower for working with children then working with machines or a basketball.
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