Girls vs. Boys

Veronica - Chicago Mom's Blog
Are girls really out pacing boys in education?

Looking Elsewhere

by whatupthen
[MenTeach: We like to read what is out there and found this teacher's comments. Do you have any thoughts about his situation? Is it similar to your situation?]

Male Teachers

by Tom Scott - December 6, 2004

How do I get my teaching license?

We get many e-mails from readers about useful links. Some are from people trying to promote a product or service - not always very useful.

Recently, we received a e-mail about a site that lists all the states requirements to get a teaching license - it even lists alternative certification. A very useful resource.

What does society think of people who work with young children?

by Julian Grenier
[MenTeach: This is an interesting blog posting from the UK.]

It's been a good week for news about this. A report in the Observer takes another look at a familiar question: why are there so few men in primary and nursery education?

States with more male teachers have higher salaries

[MenTeach: There isn't alot of research out that shows whether there is an effect of having more male teachers. But one study that has been around since 2003 shows that states with more male teachers have higher salaries.]

Where the boys aren't

Nancy Flanagan - Teacher Leader Network
Some of my best friends are men. More importantly, some of my best teacher friends--sounding boards, inspirations and educational soul mates--are men. But men are a diminishing force in teaching, a distinct cause for alarm when you consider that half the pool of prospective teachers is men.

Teacher of the Year - Fourth Grade Snots

by Rosemary Ruffenach - TCDailyPlanet.com
As kids we used to jump rope on the school playground chanting, "First grade babies/ Second grade tots/ Third grade angels/ Fourth grade snots." I couldn't wait to become one of those snots. It sounded so, well, teenagie.

I was thinking a lot about fourth grade after this week's all-district school staff meeting. Usually they are ho-hum affairs. Some staff bring knitting; others haunt the coffee urns. But this one brought tears to my eyes-a first.

Editorial: Studies about boys and girls reading - scientific mischief

We have had the opportunity to look at many studies over the years and appreciate the challenges of conducting quality research.

One study published in Sex Roles concludes that boys don't benefit from having male teachers reading to them.

Is this a correct conclusion based on this study?

Editorial: Hiring men teachers

I was reading through some online newspapers.

One from Sauk Center, Minnesota (a part of the state that is home to the Prairie Home Companion host Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegone) and the other from China.

The Minnesota article was about an old town hall that was being moved. In the news back in 1891 the township added some outhouses to the school, some books and hired a male teacher.

Editorial: Recruiting More Men to Teach

There are many ways to recruit more men to be teachers.

Start a large public awareness campaign
There needs to be constant, pervasive messages about the importance of men teaching children. Every media needs to show positive images of men teaching or telling stories about the value and significance of men teaching. Newspapers, magazine, television, the internet, movies and radio all need to help to shift people's perception that teaching is women's work.

Is there a difference between white and black teachers?

Will Okun - New York Times blog
[MenTeach: A great editorial in the New York Times - be certain to link to the site to read the comments - they are very interesting. Thanks to Roy for forwarding the article to me.]

Will Okun is a Chicago school teacher who traveled with Nick Kristof in June to central Africa, on the win-a-trip contest. He blogged and vlogged as he went, and you can see his reports at www.nytimes.com/twofortheroad. He teaches English and photography in a Chicago school with many students from low-income and minority homes.

Editorial: There are male teachers blogging their opinions

In the past, people would complain to me that they couldn't find male teachers. With the internet and wider communication, you'll find more and more blogs written by male teachers. It's unlikely to be the most representative sample of male teachers and they vary in content and quality. They do however provide an interesting sample of what is being written by men in the classrooms.

MenTeach National Symposium 2007

Next week in Chicago there is Men Teaching: A national symposium on developing a national policy on the importance of men in the lives of children.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007
12 noon - 4:30 PM
Chicago, IL
McCormick Place, South Building - S505 A/B

On-site registration is available.

Jack Black is "Man-witch" a school teacher

Another movie about a male teacher will come out in the future starring Jack Black (he also starred School of Rock - 2003). In this new movie he will be a teacher that finds that he has magical powers like a witch and is recruited to attend a school for witches (a la Harry Potter) but the school is for all women.

Are women more tolerant than men?

Since the NBC Nightly News Report Wanted: A Few Good Men, on October 1, 2007 about male teachers, we have had more than 100,000 hits to the MenTeach website. The most satisfying part of working with MenTeach is reading all the comments.

Frustration with not finding teaching jobs

Since the NBC Nightly News report and the Newsweek article there's been a flurry of messages posted to the Forum. Some veteran teachers share that they are unable to get jobs. Each of their stories is different but several feel that they are being discriminated against and not even getting an interview.

Some are saying that keeping salaries low is one of the reasons because more experienced teachers cost more.

Some are saying it has to do with ageism.

What do you think and more importantly - What do you think is the solution?

MenTeach on NBC Nightly News

Bryan G. Nelson Director of MenTeach, Adam Fogolin - 5th grade teacher and Chad Ryburn - Principal from Highland Elementary School in Apple Valley, MN (district 196) will be featured on NBC Nightly News, Monday, October 1, 2007.

Hopefully we represented the profession favorably and presented the issue well.

Where Are The Men?

by Bryan G. Nelson - Editorial PRINCIPAL Magazine
The closest I've ever gotten to winning the lottery was living two blocks from where the winning ticket was sold. But that didn't stop my imagination. If I won, I'd buy the car I'd always wanted. I'd give my family and friends money to make some of their dreams come true. And I'd build the ideal school.

What is considered masculine has changed over time

I had the fortune of reading a paper titled Asking the Right Questions about Baltimore’s African-American Underclass Men and Boys by Jack Kammer, a graduate student at the University of Maryland. There are many interesting discussions and recommendations. One major recommendation is to have more men teachers.

Another very interesting section of his paper was about how the definition of masculine gender has changed over history.

The following is a list that you might find interesting:

If a woman can drive a tank in Baghdad, why can't a man change a diaper in Boston?

by Kitt Cox
I am an Early Care and Education professional currently serving as the Program Coordinator at the Ipswich Birth To Three Family Center, one of the 42 sites of the Massachusetts Family Network (MFN). I am also a former Schott Foundation Fellow (2006).

Editorial: A Creative Student Report About Male Teachers

One of the great things about having this website is meeting all the interesting men and women throughout the world.

And often, I hear from students who are doing a paper, presentation or report for a university class.

Recently, one student, Peter O'Reilly at Dominican University of California, posted a question in the MenTeach Forum and also ordered some books from MenTeach.

Male Teacher Levels Hit 40-Year Low; NY Elementary Teachers Only 9% Male

by Matthew Tabor
Ernst Lamothe Jr. of the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reports that the number of male teachers nationwide has hit a 40-year low and that the number of male teachers in New York State elementary schools has halved in about 25 years:

Editorial - Changing education to meet the needs of a future workforce

A report from the New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce called "Tough Choices or Tough Times," out of the National Center on Education and the Economy offers several major changes.

If a woman can drive a tank in Baghdad, why can't a man change a diaper in Boston?

by Kitt Cox
[Note: This is a letter from Kitt Cox, Program Coordinator for Birth to Three in Massachusetts to the Diversity Officer in Masschusetts.]

I'm writing to you to express concerns I hold regarding the diversity of the Massachusetts early education and care (EEC) workforce.

Our Voice, "More Black Male Teachers Needed"

Wilmington Journal Editorial Staff - Wilmington, DE, USA
Little Billy and Suzy attend kindergarten at the local elementary school. They don't have very many male teachers around to give them a different perspective on the world, but at least they have Ms. Purpinski. In fact, little Suzy and Ms. Purpinski have something in common - they both have blonde hair and love to sing.

They get along fine.

Billy is a boy, but Ms. Purpinski encourages him to run around, play on the playground equipment, and when he falls down and hurts his knee, she cradles him in her arms and wipes away the tears.

We shouldn't have to make men feel guilty about working with children

by Lydia Lovric, Special to The Province - Canada
Now, more than ever before, men are hesitant to enter the teaching profession because they fear others will view them as potential pedophiles.

"We get so hysterical about the slightest suggestion of contact between male teachers and their charges . . . that men are reluctant to teach at the elementary school level," suggests Boris Johnson, a British author and politician.

Editorial - Why become a teacher?

We read about new graduates trying to find a job as a teacher. They often are frustrated that, after four years (and sometimes more) of teacher education and loans to repay, they cannot find a teaching job. One of the biggest challenges is that people often do not want to relocate.

We can understand this reluctance to move. But there are teaching jobs out there - IF a person is willing to relocate.

Teaching is an outstanding career. You can read some of the stories about men who love teaching on the MenTeach website.

Opinion - Where have all the good male teachers gone?

by Sam de Brito - Blog
I don't have children but one of my standard questions when I meet young couples is to ask "Do your kids have any male school teachers?" If their biters are in primary school, the answer is invariably "no", which comes as little surprise considering that just over 20 per cent of primary school teachers nationwide are male.

There are a lot of reasons for this - the rates of pay, the status of teachers in society and the greater threat faced by male educators of being accused of kiddie fiddling, to name a few.

Editorial - Ten years teaching a course in Male Involvement

Paul Proett has been teaching a college class about Male Involvement in early childhood for ten years at Canada College.

That has to be some type of record!

Canada College isn't in Canada - it's in Redwood, California, USA and he's offered it in the Early Childhood Studies department.

He has included topics about men teaching and father involvement. The course will soon be offered at another college.
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