[MenTeach] E-News - June 2010

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MenTeach E-News
June 2010

[Correction from last month: Married to a man teaching in early childhood - Here is the correct link: http://www.menteach.org/node/1385 ]

1) Men in your teacher preparation program: five strategies to recruit & retain them 
2) Male teachers in Western Pennsylvania elementary classrooms
3) Stephen Colbert suggests men work in child care
4) Men in Child Care has trained over 1,300 men
5) Understanding the role of male elementary school teachers
6) Schools need best, diverse teachers
7) Barring Male Educators: Safety Concern, Fear-Mongering, Or Discrimination?
8) Free Tuition and Board for Trainee Male Kindergarten Teachers in China
9) New Deadline! Seeking manuscripts for Journal of Men's Studies
10) Be a star! Looking for a man for a new television show

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1) Men in your teacher preparation program: five strategies to recruit & retain them
Juan enrolled in his local university after serving in Afghanistan as a young Marine. As a veteran he qualified for a scholarship and began his studies as a business major. After a semester, Juan felt dissatisfied with his choice. Remembering how much he enjoyed coaching children in sports, Juan thought that perhaps teaching would be similarly rewarding. He decided to make the switch to education.

On the first day of classes at the school of education, he found himself in a sea of women, including his professors. He liked the program and learning more about children, but as one of only a few men in his classes, Juan felt isolated. Although the women were friendly, he often found himself feeling impatient with the way they discussed topics. Juan's family and friends were supportive; however, they questioned his career choice of working with young children. Read the article: http://www.menteach.org/node/1395 

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2) Male teachers in Western Pennsylvania elementary classrooms
Sixteen kindergarteners sat cross-legged on a rag rug, singing songs about the days of the week and the months of the year. The classroom at Carnegie Elementary School in the Carlynton School District was furnished with the usual toys preferred by 5-year-olds -- trucks, blocks, a kitchen play-set, a miniature makeup table. There was a collection of books nearby, and a set of puzzles in cardboard boxes. In addition to lists of class rules and words the students had learned to read, Penguins, Steelers and Pirates posters decorated the walls. The sports motif was all that suggested anything unusual about the teacher, who sat in a white wooden rocking chair at the front of the room.:  http://www.menteach.org/node/1410 

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3) Stephen Colbert suggests men work in child care
Stephen Colbert has a television show on Comedy Central. In this epsidoe he proposes that unemployed men should be hired to work in child care. Although it's a satirical comment - we think his right - men should work in child care. See the humorous clip: http://www.menteach.org/node/1414 

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4) Men in Child Care has trained over 1,300 men
Scottish men are beings urged to take on key jobs with young children, such as nursery and primary school teachers - roles they avoid for fear of being suspected as paedophiles. The Scottish Government wants more men to get involved in early years education in order to provide male role models, which are lacking in children's lives. Only 3%, or 920, of all early years teachers in Scotland are male, according to official statistics from the Scottish Government. Read the entire article: http://www.menteach.org/node/1416  

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5) Understanding the role of male elementary school teachers
A student has finished his paper: Understanding the role of male elementary school teachers in the social development of children raised by single mothers in the Jewish community of Montreal, Canada. It's an interesting paper that provides some background about the issue with a specific look at one community. Read the thesis: http://www.menteach.org/node/1418 

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6) Schools need best, diverse teachers
After changing careers in 2003 to become a teacher, I believed what a lot of people said about finding a job as a teacher in grades K-5. People said that there was a teacher's shortage and with a teaching staff at any elementary school averaging more than 92 percent female, a man with a teaching certificate, a Master's degree in education and a diverse background would have no problem getting interviews. Read the rest of his letter to the editor and the comments: http://www.menteach.org/node/1420 

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7) Barring Male Educators: Safety Concern, Fear-Mongering, Or Discrimination?
Washington Post 'On Parenting' contributor Brian Reid let loose a little parenting secret: He would never hire a male tutor for his elementary-aged daughter. In 'Little Girls, College Guys--and Nervous Parents,' Reid writes:

We had a rough set of criteria: the tutor had to be an exceptional speaker, had to be good with kids and had to have the kind of schedule where a year-long commitment wasn't going to end the moment the schoolwork picked up.

It turns out there was also another -- unspoken -- requirement: the tutor ought to be a woman. This was something my wife and I both felt in our gut, even though I knew it made me a huge hypocrite. Read the editorial & the comments: http://www.menteach.org/node/1422 

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8) Free Tuition and Board for Trainee Male Kindergarten Teachers in China
Jiangsu Province is offering free courses at pre-school primary education normal schools for male students in efforts to even out the preponderance of women in kindergarten teaching posts. It is hoped that in three-to-five years' time there will be at least one male teacher in each of the province's kindergartens: http://www.menteach.org/node/1401 

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9) New Deadline! Seeking manuscripts for Journal of Men's Studies
As I eluded to in my first message, I want to move ahead with a special or thematic issue of the Journal of Men's Studies dealing with men and the teaching profession with a special focus on the early grades (not opposed to other educational levels though). I see the issue consisting of 4-6 peer-reviewed papers and a book review section highlighting recent books dealing with men and the teaching profession. The first order of business then is to identify the GE(s) for this issue. Next, the GE(s) and myself create a Call for Papers (C4P) and a timeline for the issue. Then we need to get the C4P out to as wide an audience (i.e., international) as possible. Read the rest of Jim Doyle's message: http://www.menteach.org/node/1202 

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10) Be a star! Looking for a man for a new television show
MenTeach gets many e-mails from the media asking for help finding men. Here's one I thought some of you might be interested in or know someone who is. It's for a television show in the United States but I asked the producer if the person can be from outside the USA and she said 'yes.' Find out more details about the talent search: http://www.menteach.org/node/1425 
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