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Gender gap in teaching grows: Only 24% of new recruits in UK are men

by Sarah Cassidy, Education Correspondent
Teaching is becoming an increasingly female-dominated profession with men making up fewer than one in four new recruits, official figures revealed yesterday.

Despite a multimillion-pound campaign to attract more men into teaching, the latest statistics reveal a widening gap between the sexes among those gaining teaching qualifications from universities and teacher training colleges.

Report from Men in Early Childhood Education in Austria

by Dr. Tim Rohrmann - research project elementar
Lately, the field of Early Childhood Education (ECE) has been widely debated in Austria. Raising requirements for Early Childhood Educators to the tertiary level, making a Bache-lor’s degree mandatory, is one of the major issues. Another issue gaining a lot of attention is last year’s decision by several Austrian provinces to keep pre-school year free of charge.

Why don't men want to teach?

by John Crace, The Guardian
Primary schools have long been an almost entirely man-free zone, but research published last week suggests that secondary schools could soon be heading the same way. According to the Higher Education Statistics Agency 23.8% of those qualifying to become teachers in 2006-07 were men - a fall of 1.5% on the previous year and the lowest figure over the past five. Despite repeated government drives to recruit more male teachers, men just aren't that interested.

What do children think: Does it matter if your teacher is male?

Childrens' BBC - United Kingdom
What do the children think? Read comments from children from Europe about their beliefs about having a male teacher.

Boys can do better at school when their teachers are also male, according to a survey.

Few male teachers, but does it matter?

by Edmonton Journal - Canada
When Gregg Brain first considered a career in teaching, he thought he would spend his days where he found so many of his own mentors -- in a high school gymnasium.

On a recent morning, Brain prepared for the school year in a very different environment -- a classroom filled with coat hooks hung low on the wall and plastic chairs designed for 10-year-olds. Brain, 26, is starting his career not as a high school physical education teacher, but as an elementary educator.

Boys do better when they are taught by men, study finds

by Richard Garner, Education editor - Independent, United Kingdom
Boys will perform better in education if they have a male teacher in their primary school, according to research published today.

A study of more than 1,000 men reveals almost half of them (48 per cent) cited male primary school teachers as having had the most impact on them during their school life.

In addition, 35 per cent said having a male teacher challenged them to work harder at school while 22 per cent said males had boosted their confidence in their own ability.

A gender divide is increasing in the professions

by Mary Dejevsky - Independent - United Kingdom
Dr Brian McKinstry of Edinburgh University is a brave man. Writing in the latest issue of the British Medical Journal, he described the increasing number of women doctors as "bad for medicine" and forecast a staffing crisis down the line.

Three per cent of Britain's nannies are male: A campaign to increase their number

A growing number of British men would like to work as nannies and childminders but fear they would be branded as paedophiles, according to a new study.

An overwhelming majority of parents and non-parents want more men to join the child care profession, research to be published this week shows. Only one in 10 parents said they would be unwilling to place their children with a male carer.

Why have Men working in Childcare in Ireland?

The childcare sector in Ireland has the lowest representation of male workers in Europe -- less than one per cent. In this female-dominated sector, many children in childcare have no contact with men between 8am and 5pm.

In a society that is increasingly concerned with equality issues, we need to look at men in childcare as a viable option:

Malaysian men don’t rule in school

by Nithya Sidhu - The Star Online - Malaysia
The number of male teachers in our schools is dwindling. Why? Do men think teaching isn't masculine enough, or that it's a job for the fairer sex?

WITH June being the month to celebrate Father's Day, I found my gaze swivelling towards the "fatherly" figures we have in our schools. I am referring, of course, to the male teachers who dot our teaching landscape. I say "dot" because the men among us teachers are certainly dwindling in numbers!

Yes, my ladies - it's us who rule the schools these days. Where have all the men gone?

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.
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