World News

Shortage of male teachers

By Susan Sandys - Ashburton Guardian - New Zealand
Ashburton Intermediate School principal Gavin Cooper has just six males on his teaching staff of 20, and would prefer a higher proportion of men.

Ministry of Education figures show there were 12, 175 male and 27,361 female permanent teachers in New Zealand schools at April 2006.

Mr Cooper said many boys were not experiencing male teachers until they got to high school and a lot did not have stable male role models in their lives.

Men in Early Child Care and Teaching Summit - New Zealand

“Kiwi Men Can Do Anything”

The Childforum Research Network warmly invites you to the inaugural national meeting of men in early childhood care and education services. This is a very important event for the sector. Please help by spreading the word and forwarding this notice to people you know who will be interested, and especially male teachers and volunteers.

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City boys' schools happy with male teacher numbers

By Reon Suddaby - Waikato Times - New Zealand
The principals of two Hamilton boys' schools are happy with their male staff numbers, and will not consider in-house training to encourage more men into the profession.

Nelson College principal Gary O'Shea is so worried by the shortage of male teachers he has suggested an in-school teacher-training facility at the college.

It would give a small number of graduates a one-year training course, with a view to Nelson College employing them once they qualified, he said.

Men-only teacher training planned

New Zealand Herald - Auckland, New Zealand
A proposed men-only teacher training facility in Nelson could avoid discrimination rules if it proved boys had been disadvantaged in the past, the Human Rights Commission says.

The principal of prestigious boy's school Nelson College is so worried about the male teacher shortage he has suggested starting an in-house teacher training facility, the Press newspaper reported today.

Gary O'Shea suggested the college would take a small number of graduates for a one-year training course with a view to employing them at the school once qualified.

Nelson College head wants to train male teachers

By Daniel Nielson - The Nelson Mail - New Zealand
Nelson College headmaster Gary O'Shea is so concerned about the lack of quality male teachers he is looking at establishing an in-school teacher training college.

He says it's getting harder to find good male teachers because the profession is becoming so "feminised".

His idea, which is yet to go before the board of trustees, would involve taking on just a few university graduates each year to train from scratch as teachers. All the training would be done on site.

Male Teaching Ranks Dwindling: Survey

Donga.com - Seoul, South Korea
A survey found that eight out of ten Seoul-based elementary school teachers are women. It also reported that some elementary schools have no male teacher.

The Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education said yesterday that the number of female teachers stood at 22,414 or 82.3 percent out of 27,219 elementary school teachers last year.

The 2006 HAEYC Men in Education Network (M.E.N.) Retreat

By Don Piburn
It had only been a day since our 2006 Hawaii Association for the Education of Young Children (HAEYC) Men in Education Network (M.E.N.) retreat in collaboration with MenTeach.org, when I realized my memory was failing. Not for what I could not recall, but for the remarkable wealth of images, feelings, stories, and ideas coursing through my mind. Clearly, sorting through my retreat experiences was going to take some time.

2nd Hawaiian Men Teachers on Retreat

By Don Piburn
The men of the Hawaii early childhood education (ECE) community are once again coming together for a retreat on the Island of Oahu - traditionally referred to as "the Gathering Place." [You can read about the success of the last retreat.]

Things Men Do All Over the World

I've been catching up on e-mails and had the insight that there are many events going on all over the world around men teaching.

Back in March there was the Call Me Mister conference that reported about their first cohort of African-American teachers graduating.

Don Piburn, from Hawaii is attending the World Forum in Montreal where he will be presenting about men teaching.

Welsh classrooms 'need more men'

BBC News
Boy pupils in schools in Wales can reach the age of 11 without ever being taught by a man, according to a report.

The General Teaching Council for Wales said that unless more men are recruited into the profession, boys could be denied classroom male role models.

It said only 26.9% of teachers in all schools in Wales are men. In primary schools the figure is just 16%.

Secondary schools have the highest figure at 40%. However, most Welsh head teachers are still men.

Men in Early Childhood Education - On the Retreat In Hawaii

By Mr. Roberto Reggio
Our society is in the midst of a shift in gender role expectations. Traditional norms of man as breadwinner and woman as nurturer no longer apply in a world that expects us to do both. Yet only 3% to 4% of early childhood educators are males and since the mid-1970's their numbers have been progressively declining (National Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2003).
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