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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.

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.

Male teachers are a rare breed – particularly when it comes to early years classrooms

by Elizabeth Buie - Times Educational Supplement - London, England, UK
Brendan Creaney is a man without fear. He is lying on his back, mouth wide open, on a pretend dentist's chair while a group of three and four-year-olds poke about in his mouth and examine his teeth. Eventually, his dental appointment is over and he is allowed to get up.

School pays student loans to recruit male staff

by Birdie Smith - The Age - Australia
A SCHOOL in Melbourne's west is offering to pay its former students' HECS debts and guarantee employment to graduating male primary school teachers, as it tries to recruit male teachers and tackle gender imbalance in the staffroom.

At Westbourne Grammar School in the outer western suburb of Truganina, male students who go on to study primary teaching at tertiary level will have their HECS fees paid by the school in full. This figure amounts to about $5000 per student per year.

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.

The Summit is for:

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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