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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.

Return male

The Age - Australia
Dewi Cooke takes a look at the child-care industry and wonders why only 2 per cent of carers are men.

It's feeding time in the baby's room of the Queensberry Children's Centre and Yarrow Andrew is tenderly serving up an appetising yoghurt mix to the under-twos.

Some show interest in the creamy goop, others are more curious about the adults in their midst and stare up silently from their little wooden safety chairs. Of the 40 or so staff at the Carlton centre, Andrew is one of three who stand out. That is to say he's a bloke.

Story about a man teaching in New Zealand

by Adam Buckingham - New Zealand
"I emphasise what you can do with technology and science, how you can bring your interests to the job and stress how we work in a teaching environment as well as a nurturing one." Adam was a truck driver for many years before a work place accident left him needing to seek a new career. "I was very sick for a long time and it made me reflect on my life and what I wanted out of it," he remembers.

Kohanga reo [New Zealand Maori Schools] show way in bringing men back

by Jarrod Booker
Maori are showing how New Zealand can improve its dire shortage of male teachers in early childhood education, says a world authority.

Less than 1 per cent of New Zealand's teachers in early childcare centres are men, one of the lowest rates in the world, says Jan Peeters, co-ordinator of the Resource and Training Centre for Child Care at Belgium's University of Ghent.

'Paedophile hysteria' is putting men off teaching says Boris Johnson

Thisislondon.co.uk
Men are being scared away from joining the teaching profession by a wave of "paedophile hysteria", a leading Tory has warned.

Boris Johnson said school staffrooms are increasingly dominated by female teachers because men are afraid of attracting false child abuse allegations.

He spoke out after figures revealed women now outnumber men by 13 to one in primary schools - which have been worst-hit by the male recruitment slump.

Bringing Together Men in Early Education and Care Professions

Man and childMarch 30-31, 2007

Massachusetts Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference

Westford, MA, USA

Two Days/Two Events:

Male presence good for school

by Alice Cowdrey - Marlborough Express - Blenheim,New Zealand
Kaikoura Primary School's newest teacher is bright, full of energy and loves his job.



Mike Judd sits in his classroom with his two little goldfish swimming around a tank, and bright pieces of artwork hang from the walls. Books in little boxes sit beside a fancy looking wicker teacher's chair and athletic looking Mike seems almost out of place in the environment.
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