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Manitoba, Canada men get together

by Ron Blatz, Executive Director - Discovery Children's Centre
The fall issue of the Child Care journal in Manitoba, Canada focused on Gender and featured the local men's organization coordinated by Ron Blatz.

More women teaching young children throughout the world

According to statistics published by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) the feminization of the early years in education appears to be a worldwide trend. Based on 2003 statistics published in Education at a Glance: OECD Indicators 2005 (Paris: OECD, 2005; ISBN 9264011919; www.oecd.org), the percentage of female teachers in different grade levels in 25 OECD member countries (the more industrialized countries of the world) is as follows:

Pre-Primary = 96%
Primary = 80%

Male Presence in Teaching Continues to Decline

by Brian Jamieson - Canada
Vince Anania is one of a kind.

Sadly.

The effervescent veteran teacher at St. Charles School in Thorold is the only male Junior Kindergarten teacher in the entire Niagara Catholic DSB.

Concern over male teacher drought

OneNews - TV.NZ
A top education expert is speaking out about the lack of New Zealand male teachers and the negative aspects of this gender imbalance.

Massey University's Education Vice Chancellor says it is part of the feminisation of our learning and it is bad for both boys and girls.

Just over 25% of schoolteachers in New Zealand are men and Professor James Chapman struggles to find any positives in this statistic.

Your Views: Schools losing male teachers

New Zealand Herald
An academic believes research needs to be carried out into why men are shying away from becoming teachers.

Fewer than 10 per cent of the early childhood and primary school teachers graduated at a recent ceremony at Massey University.

Pro Vice-Chancellor of Massey's College of Education James Chapman said there is a lot of speculation about why men are not getting into teaching.

Read the forum discussion.

Former Chief Education Officer Ralph Boyce calls for male teacher

Nation News - Barbados
SECONDARY SCHOOL students favouring a technical education over an academic one are in line for a better deal from the Ministry of Education, with training and certification.

"Soon we will be coming with a package," Chief Education Officer, Wendy Griffith-Watson, said during the Down To Brass Tacks radio programme recently. "It was part of curriculum reform since 2000 but we were unable to implement it because we had no recognised qualification."

Workplace reversal

by Brittany Boyd
At Little River Elementary School in South Riding, second-grade teacher Timothy Bjorseth, affectionately known as "Mr. B," is one of only six male teachers among a faculty of 45.

A 10-year instructor in education, Bjorseth said he was even more of a minority at the first elementary school where he taught in Illinois. He said he was the only male teacher that school had seen in 10 or 15 years.

Stop the exodus of good male teachers

The Jamaica Observer
Those familiar with the history of teaching cannot fail to appreciate the tragic irony of the dilemma that the profession is undergoing in terms of its dwindling male factor. For the majority of the world's earliest teachers - philosophers and prophets - were males.

Theirs was the job of bringing mankind forward through myriad disciplines aimed at realising potential.

Naturally, women had their role to play in the process through the provision of a stable home environment.

Kura Kaupapa shows the way with male teach

by Jo Moir - Wairarapa Times Age
Kohanga reo are a step ahead of a national shortage of male early childcare teachers, though in Wairarapa the Kura Kaupapa is leading the way.

A national story run by the New Zealand Herald last week quoted Jan Peeters, co-ordinator of the Resource and Training Centre for Child Care at Belgium's University of Ghent, saying: "New Zealand could eventually become a world leader in male participation in early education."

Korea - Male Teacher Quota Sets Off Angry Debate

Digital Chosun Ilbo
A report that the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education wants to set a quota for male teachers has touched off a heated online debate, with education students posting dozens of messages on a website about the issue. When an article about the quota, which would require schools to hire a certain level of male teachers, was posted to an Internet message board, more than 3,000 people replied. Some 75 percent of 17,000 respondents supported the idea in an online poll, but opponents argue that it is reverse discrimination.
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