Key Articles

Can an employer require that only female staff change diapers?

Dianna Johnston - Assistant Legal Counsel - U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
One of our readers provided the the link to the letter below offering a legal opinion about whether females can be the only staff that change diapers:

The Male Teacher and Reading Achievement of First-Grade Boys and Girls.

Elizabeth F. Cascario
This is a study from 1972.

Call Me Mister: South Carolina Program Trains Black Men to Become Schoolteachers and Role Models

by Ernest Holsendolph - Diverse Issues In Higher Education
Now seven years old, the Call Me Mister program has placed 20 Black male teachers in South Carolina schools.

So how are they doing?

About six years ago, Mark Joseph found something he had been seeking for some time: a sense of purpose. A native of Greenville, S.C., Joseph had been a standout football and basketball player in high school, but he lasted just one semester at the University of South Carolina. Realizing that he just wasn't ready to buckle down, he says he drifted.

Few Good Men: University Class, research look at lack of male early childhood teachers

Indiana University School of Education Alumni Association
New summer class offered

Early in his teaching career, Shaun Johnson felt odd about his career path. Already facing the challenges of any teacher in the Washington, D.C. public school system, he said that during his year teaching, he constantly confronted his inner feelings. "Who am I to have chosen it?" Johnson asked himself. "What's different about me?"

National Education Report - Status of American Teachers (2000-2001)

National Education Association
NEAResearch has conducted surveys on the status of the American public school teacher every five years since 1956. The current report profiles the status of teachers for the school year 2000-2001. These surveys provide continuing data on the professional and personal characteristics of teachers, the current status of their teaching conditions, their attitudes toward the profession, and their community and civic activities.

Download the attachment below - it is the data in pdf format about men teachers from the study.

The Good, the Bad and the Few: Men In Child Care

by Shaun Becker
As a recent ECE graduate, I have an advantage when I look at my prospective child care career. On practicums in the field, I have observed some of the issues — both good and bad — unravelling around having a male caregiver in a child care centre. A men’s networking/support group, offered through the Manitoba Child Care Association, has given me insight into aspects of my career — both good and bad — that lie ahead. In North America, men typically represent less than five per cent of the child care field.

A Continuing Debate: Are Men And Women Different? Does It Matter?

We've been watching the debate stirred by research done Thomas S. Dee is an associate professor in the Department of Economics at Swarthmore College and a faculty research fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) suggesting that some boys do better with a male teacher and some girls do better with a female teacher.

Men Gather Every Year at Retreat to Learn and Play

by Bryan G. Nelson
This is an article about how to develop and coordinate a retreat for men teachers.

IN THE MORNING, in a circle on the floor, the men recite a series of children’s rhymes. Later, in the afternoon, they go outside for a rough-and-tumble game of broomball. The action resembles other winter games men play in northern climates, yet when one of the men is knocked down, all the other players stop to ask, “Hey, are you okay?” If the man says yeah, the play continues.

Norway - Changing Gender Roles

By the Norwegian Ministry of Children and Family Affairs
The focus on men's roles in Norway's gender equality debate still generates some resistance. Men are commonly perceived as the strong and dominating gender while women tend to be viewed in terms of generations of discrimination and the ensuing need for special measures and positive actions. This perspective has been fundamental to the achievement of women's liberation. At the same time it reflects a certain failure to understand men as a gender. Men do not comprise a uniform group, nor is it possible to speak of a single male role. Masculinity is not always equivalent to power.

Men care: Child care for children hurricane victims

by John Surr
This article is a narrative of how things went for me during my recent deployment to the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, and the Red Cross Center in Pensacola. A second report will comment on matters only of concern to Disaster Child Care.
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