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Early childhood education needs more male teachers in New Zealand

by Kris Dando - Stuff.co.nz
Dean Hodge comes to work with a smile on his face, every day.

The Ascot Park resident has been a teacher at Adventure Kindergarten in Whitby for more than two years and has just finished his diploma in teaching with Te Rito Maioha/Early Childhood New Zealand.

Male teachers outnumber females at New Zealand Hamilton's Rhode Street School

by Libby Wilson - Stuff.co.nz
Male teachers outnumber females at a Hamilton primary school, bucking a national trend which sees women dominate the profession.

There are 10 male teachers at Hamilton's Rhode Street School and six females.

Rhode Street School is reversing the national trend in which women make up about 84 per cent of the primary teaching workforce.

Jobs: Why more men should become primary school teachers

by Tony Wenham - Eastern Daily Press
People ask ‘why should men be primary school teachers?’ and we say ‘why not?” That’s the question posed by Martin Smith, primary education lecturer at UEA.

He points out that some children may not hear a male voice all day at primary school and in other schools there may only be one male.

“And he’s just as likely to be the caretaker or the headteacher as a classroom teacher,” says Martin.

Wanted in China: More male teachers

by Javier Hernandez - The New York Times
The history class began with a lesson on being manly.

Lin Wei, 27, one of a handful of male sixth-grade teachers at the No. 1 primary school here, has made a habit of telling stories about warlords who threw witches into rivers and soldiers who outsmarted Japanese troops. "Men have special duties," he said. "They have to be brave, protect women and take responsibility for wrongdoing."

More men in early childhood education in New Zealand

By Lin Ferguson - Wanganui Chronicle
Four years ago: A keynote speaker at the Early Childhood MenZ Summit in Wanganui said it was heartening to see that men are now realising a career in early childhood education is a viable option.

Dunedin Early childhood education lecturer Tagiilima Feleti said the number of men showing interest in early childhood education was growing rapidly.

Some Australian schools are experiencing an extreme shortage of male teachers

By Amelia Mills - The Daily Advertiser
Callum Gardner is used to seeing raised eyebrows on the football field when he tells his teammates his profession. But as a male in a predominantly female-dominated industry, he is no stranger to this surprise.

Mr Gardener, who started his first teaching job at Wagga’s Lutheran Primary School this year, spent four years sitting in university lecture rooms filled predominantly with women.

Male teachers face shocking prejudice

by Karalee Katsambanis - WA Today
Men deserve a break. Normal men.

Not the Mitchell Pearces' of the world, who are a disgrace, but the men who are trying to make a difference in our kids' lives every day. Men like our own husbands, brothers and sons.

Too few men want to teach, United Arab Emirate (UAE) minister says

by Ola Salem - The National
No Emirati men have enrolled for degree courses in teaching at United Arab Emirates University in the past three years, the Education Minister told the FNC yesterday.

"It is a big challenge," said Humaid Mohammed Obaid Al Qutami. "We have been recently working with helping pupils to go into education. Hopefully in the next phase we will see an increase in male teachers."

Where are the men in Israel’s early childhood education?

by Lidar Grave-Lazi - The Jerusalem Post
Israel is lagging behind other Western countries with regard to gender balance in early childhood education, according to Dr. David Brody, academic dean at Efrata College of Education in Jerusalem.

How to encourage more men to take up teaching as a career

by Vanessa Mills - ABC Kimberly
"It is challenging to be a minority group and it would be great to see more men in a primary setting," says Broome Primary School's Simon Zuvich who teaches physical education and literacy.

Figures from the WA Education Department show that 17.2 per cent of teachers in state primary schools are men, down from 19.9 per cent in 2013.
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