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15 male teachers in one primary school

In a lot of primary schools it can be pretty unusual to learn lessons from a male teacher, but Gavin's been to one in Surrey with 15 of them!

In more than 4,500 thousand primary schools in England there are no male teachers leading classes.

And it's the same in the other parts of the UK, as nine out of 10 primary school teachers in Scotland are female.

What's New in New Zealand

Check out some of the stories from down under in New Zealand. They've been posting some great group photographs on their website.

Go to the website.

New Zealand men provide update about teaching

The video was a bit of a panacea for this issue in New Zealand - and yes, it was controversial at the time and did rattle some cages - as an aside the DVD (mentioned in the video) finally came out in February of this year - two years later...and it was about men in ECE.

Watch videos about the lack of male teachers in New Zealand

In New Zealand, only 1% of preschool teachers are men.  If you would like to watch interviews with teachers and policymakers in New Zealand, who discuss this issue as a problem, go to YouTube. The video presents the opinion that children are placed in schools that do not reflect the composition of society, and this has unfortunate consequences. We are certain that this video will generate some great discussion.

Watch the video:

Seoul, Korea pushing for male teacher quota

Yohap News Agency, Seoul, Korea
The educational authorities in Seoul are pushing for a gender quota system for elementary and secondary school teachers in a bid to prevent women from dominating the profession, officials said Wednesday.

Work in Scotland

Kenny Spence, who lives and works in the United Kingdom, has been recruiting men to early education for years.

The Czech Education Ministry wants more male teachers

The Czech Education Ministry wants, in cooperation with the League of Open Men (LOM), to attract more male teachers to Czech schools by supporting various projects aimed at achieving this goal, Vaclav Sneberger from the LOM told journalists Tuesday.

The ministry and the LOM want to support a public discussion on the role of men in education and increase social prestige of male teachers, Snebrger said.

Plan to Revitalize a European Men in Childcare Network

The next World Forum Networking Project has been selected. The project, "Plan to Revitalize a European Men in Childcare Network," will be led by Lauk Woltring from The Netherlands, together with Timothy Moran from Ireland and Kenny Spence from the United Kingdom.

Get your free DVD about men teachers...

...but you'll need to go to Scotland to get it!

A new DVD created by Men in Child Care in Scotland titled: See the Difference: A question of gender equality.

Stereotypes might keep some men away

They're young and enthusiastic, brimming with the love of teaching.

They're also men. And somewhat to their puzzlement, that makes Marc Hoare, Rakesh Patel and Adrian Hoyte hot commodities.

Hoare, 29, who teaches Grade 7 English and math at Kitchener's Margaret Avenue Public School, says he's mystified as to why there aren't more male teachers. He loves his job and says it's equally well-suited to men and women.

Wanted: A few good men - Boys' classroom struggles linked to scarcity of male teachers

by Karen Kawawada - Record Staff
Peter De Pratto is a white, middle-class man. And he's a minority.

The 54-year-old is a Grade 2 teacher at St. Luke School in Waterloo. He has been teaching for 31 years and has taught junior kindergarten to Grade 8.

"I enjoy working with younger children. I find it challenging and rewarding at the same time," he said.

As a male primary school teacher, he knows he stands out. He has been the only man on staff at times. It doesn't really bother him.

Blokes can do it as well

by Craig d'Arcy, facilitator of the Newcastle Males in Early Childhood Network Group
Craig d'Arcy, facilitator of the Newcastle Males in Early Childhood Network Group, discusses the barriers that men often face in early childhood and why it's crucial we work to remove these obstacles.

Early childhood carers and educators strive to avoid stereotypes and ensure that all children are presented with healthy and diverse messages about gender identity - through the language we use, the images we portray, the environment we maintain, the diverse experiences we implement and the interactions we engage in at our services.

Data about the percentage of male early education teachers in Manitoba, Canada

by Ron Blatz - Manitoba, Canada
There were 20 Canadians (at least 8 Manitobans) who took the time and resources to show up for the historic gathering at the 2008 Working Forum on Men in ECE. The 140 delegates had a great time together and many friendships were born out of this gathering.

Discussions were rich, workshops incredibly insightful, and plenary sessions well received. Most of us will remember most the wonderful stories that were shared about our journeys into and in the field of ECE.All left sharing a renewed urgency to work to wards a more gender balanced workforce, for the sake of the children.

A five year plan that includes pensions and recruiting more male teachers

Ron Blatz - Manitoba, Canada
The Province of Manitoba is committed to take efforts to increase the number of men in ECE.


Gender stereotyping results in male teacher shortages in Vietnam

by Tran Quynh Hoa - Vietnam News Service
Six-year-old Nguyen Khanh Linh is astonished to see a television cartoon of a male bear teaching a class.

And it's not because the teacher is a large furry animal.

"Why is it a he-teacher? Teachers must be female," she says.

In Viet Nam, where female teachers vastly outnumber their male colleagues, the little girl has enunciated a truth not a prejudice.

Report from Maylaysia

by Hajah Mahanom Basri, President, Association of Selangor State Childcare Centres
Dearest friends,

Things happening all over the world - a report from Hawaii

Don Piburn
[MenTeach: Don Piburn was the co-facilitator for the Working Forum Men in Early Childhood Education in Hawaii and has sent out a message to the men and women in his local community about what's going on in the world.]

Aloha Hawaii supporters of Men in ECE Hawaii!

International Efforts

Finland: Incentives for Male Teacher Trainees?

Finish News
The Ministry of Education is considering whether to offer incentives to encourage male university applicants to study for qualification to become school teachers.

A report in the daily Aamulehti claims that reforms to the laws governing tertiary studies are being considered. New legislation will be introduced in 2010.

In practice, incentives will take the form of bonus points or quotas.

Of undergraduates study for their teaching qualification at the University of Tampere, 84 percent are women and just 16 percent are men.

February 12, 2007

Abolishing Irish rule 'won't close gender gap' in teaching

by John Walshe - Education Editor - Independent IE
A NEW report has found that the abolition of the honours Irish requirement will not entice more men to become primary school teachers.

Politicians, such as former education minister Mary Hanafin, have suggested that dropping the honours Irish rule would help tackle the gender imbalance in national schools.

Take A Shot At This - Men teaching in Scotland

by Karen Stewart - Daily Record - UK
A Football Coach Is Encouraging More Men To Follow His Example And Become Child And Youth Care Workers

STEVIE MORRISON may have fallen just short of achieving Scottish Cup glory at Hampden last weekend.

But the Queen of the South coach is still hoping to achieve another goal, and that's persuading men to take a shot at working to help young lads stay out of trouble.

Stevie wants to tackle the myth that being a youth care worker is not men's work.

Dutch MP calls for more male school teachers

Radio Netherlands WorldWide
Dutch Christian Democrats (CDA) have called for an increase in the number of male teachers in primary schools. CDA MP Jan Jacob van Dyke claims that children are better off if they are taught by both men and women. At the moment, the majority of primary school teachers are women. According to the CDA, teacher training colleges need to change their curriculum in order to attract more male students.

Photos from the Working Forum MECE in Hawaii, USA

Here are two of the photos from the 2008 Working Forum Men in Early Childhood Education. As we secure additional photos we'll post them. Included is Wakiki Beach, site of the conference hotel and the last gathering at the closing ceremony with the Leadership Team on stage.

One of the many groups at the World Forum

I've been trying to set the time aside to post to MenTeach but there has been so many e-mails to answer. One of the participants sent me a photo of our discussion group (there were several). It has taken five years to make the event happen - it was outstanding!

Report from Working Forum Men in Early Childhood Education

It's been great to meet for the first time as a Leadership Team in person. The topics have been good - a lot of logistics about how to make our global network sustainable. There are so many things happening all over the world and of course it doesn't hurt that we are meeting in Hawai'i.

One of the most enjoyable parts has been listening to the various voices and accents - and with everyone saying: "What do you mean - accent? I don't have a accent, eh, you do!"

Mid-career males turn to teaching in greater numbers

Massey University - New Zealand
The prospect of having more fun on the job and better work-life balance - despite the drop in pay - has been enough to motivate several men with well-paid professional careers to throw caution to the wind and go teaching.

More men enroll in university teacher course

by Alexandra Barham
MORE men enrolled on teacher training courses this year at the University of Hertfordshire, bucking the national trend.

A report by the university showed men accounted for 18 per cent of the new teaching students compared to five per cent of last year's intake.

Blokes can do it as well

Early Childhood Australia
Craig d'Arcy, facilitator of the Newcastle Males in Early Childhood Network Group, discusses the barriers that men often face in early childhood and why it's crucial we work to remove these obstacles.

Perspective about male teachers from Guyana

by Leon Jameson Suseran
Where have all the sirs gone? The depletion of male teachers in the education system is now a worldwide phenomenon. A news report on NBC Nightly News last Monday showed some shocking statistics. In the 1980's, 81% teachers in the public education system in America were males; today just 24.9% of the nation's 3 million teachers are men. The number of male teachers in the USA now stands at a 40- year all- time low.

Males in Early Childhood Network Group - Australia

by Craig d’Arcy

Blokes can do it as well

(Please note some of the guys were near the end of "Mo-vember" - growing moustaches to raise funds for male prostrate cancer research - can't wait to see what they come up with for "Man-uary"!)

A National Network for Men in Early Childhood Education (New Zealand)

Saturday 9th--Sunday 10th  February 2008

Whitirea Community Polytechnic

Porirua, Wellington

New Zealand

Register at their website.
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