Frequently Asked Questions

How many other men teachers are out there?

Nobody knows for sure but the best estimates are that four percent of all people working in early childhood programs are men and 16.2% in elementary and 42.7% in high school are men. Overall, 24.8% are men. What that means in actual numbers is anybody's guess.

See current data.

What do I do when discriminated against on the basis of being a male?

Usually a reasonable approach to a director or principal and fellow staff will clear up any unfair rules, policies, or attitudes. It won't be easy. But, sexism needs to be interrupted. It's important to pick which issues you need to challenge.

If you consider it serious enough, put it in writing so that you have documentation. Also, if necessary, you should contact your local human rights department with the city or state .

Otherwise, contact your licensing agency if you feel that is necessary or take other legal action.

It's very important to document and date everything that happened and consult with a lawyer experienced with labor law.

How do I handle false accusations of abuse?

Always get advice from an attorney with expertise in defending against child abuse accusations. Don't let an inexperienced attorney practice with you as a client. You can find more information about false accusations of abuse on the MenTeach website.

How do I organize events and gatherings for men in education?

A good place to start is to run a workshop or seminar at a local conference. If you get some men at that first event, plan a next event with those men and get it into local newsletters.

Camping trips are easy, inexpensive, and rewarding. Retreats can be held at church or other camps at a reasonable, break-even cost. Once you get a mailing list together from a workshop or seminar and begin, it is amazing how many other men find out about what you are doing.

Start small. And have fun making new friends.