Key Articles

98% Parents welcome men into childcare

by Anna Davis, Education Correspondent - London Evening Standard
Almost all parents would be happy for their children to be looked after by male nursery workers, new research shows.

There has been a "sea change" in attitudes since a survey six years ago found that only 55 per cent of parents accepted the idea of men working with their children.

Parents voice overwhelming support for more men in childcare

By Janaki Mahadevan - Children & Young People Now
Parental opinion on male childcarers is warming after a survey by a group of major nursery providers found 98 per cent of parents are in favour of men looking after their children.

The Major Providers' Group, made up of 14 of the largest nursery chains in the UK, has found that the vast majority of the 1,200 parents questioned would be happy for men to work with children aged three to five in day nurseries.

Council of European Union Recommends Increasing the Percentage of Male Teachers in ECE

MenTeach: The Council of European Union's conclusions on early childhood education and care: providing all our children with the best start for the world of tomorrow:

Male Teachers Get Top Marks: Children have a better perception of male teachers

by Zoe McKay - Business.In.com
In today's world, as taxpayers everywhere are concerned over paying for schools, it comes as a shock to see that, according to new findings by Amine Ouazad, an Assistant Professor of Economics and Political Science at INSEAD, one of the most effective ways to get students to listen and work hard is to put a male teacher at the front of the classroom.

2 male teachers sue School District, claim gender-bias

by Brian Bowling - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Two male teachers in the Steel Valley School District filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Thursday, claiming the district hired them at a lower salary than female teachers with similar experience.

The lawsuit says school officials told Clay Karadus of Munhall and Steven A. Large of Elizabeth Township that the district's policy is to hire teachers at the bottom rung of the pay scale.

Pupils make more effort with male teachers as they are seen as 'more fair'

by Daily Mail Reporter
Pupils try harder for male teachers, according to an official study.

They make more effort to please them, display greater self-esteem and are more likely to believe they are being treated fairly.

The findings are particularly significant as more than a quarter of primary schools do not have a single male teacher.

Men in Your Teacher Preparation Program: Five Strategies to Recruit and Retain Them

The professional Young Children has published it's May 2010 issue devoted to Men in the Lives of Young Children. Several MenTeach.org members have an article in the journal. If you are a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children you already have the issue and can download an electronic version.

Fatherless boys have significantly higher feelings of self worth with male teacher

Paul Dawson, Oregon State System of Higher Education, Monmouth
[MenTeach: Here is so early research from the 1970s showing that there is a positive effect having male teachers.]

Male elementary teacher candidates: A narrative perspective on their initial career choice

by Jon Bradley - McGill University - Canada
ABSTRACT. Do male teachers have a place in the elementary school? While several research and societal traditions suggest that males should be represented in the elementary classroom, contemporary demographic data dramatically indicate that few males are entering elementary education. Via an initial narrative exploration, a group of beginning male teacher candidates share their thoughts on their own initial career choices and speculate on their professional place in the elementary classroom.

MenTeach on national New Zealand Television

After presenting at the 4th Annual Men in Early Childhood Education New Zealand conference I had the opportunity to appear on TV3 a national morning show (thanks for arranging that Adam Buckingham!). By the way, I had special bumper stickers made for NZ because in certain parts of the world diapers are called nappies.

Here is the clip.
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