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Dutch MP calls for more male school teachers

Radio Netherlands WorldWide
Dutch Christian Democrats (CDA) have called for an increase in the number of male teachers in primary schools. CDA MP Jan Jacob van Dyke claims that children are better off if they are taught by both men and women. At the moment, the majority of primary school teachers are women. According to the CDA, teacher training colleges need to change their curriculum in order to attract more male students.

Photos from the Working Forum MECE in Hawaii, USA

Here are two of the photos from the 2008 Working Forum Men in Early Childhood Education. As we secure additional photos we'll post them. Included is Wakiki Beach, site of the conference hotel and the last gathering at the closing ceremony with the Leadership Team on stage.

One of the many groups at the World Forum

I've been trying to set the time aside to post to MenTeach but there has been so many e-mails to answer. One of the participants sent me a photo of our discussion group (there were several). It has taken five years to make the event happen - it was outstanding!

Report from Working Forum Men in Early Childhood Education

It's been great to meet for the first time as a Leadership Team in person. The topics have been good - a lot of logistics about how to make our global network sustainable. There are so many things happening all over the world and of course it doesn't hurt that we are meeting in Hawai'i.

One of the most enjoyable parts has been listening to the various voices and accents - and with everyone saying: "What do you mean - accent? I don't have a accent, eh, you do!"

Mid-career males turn to teaching in greater numbers

Massey University - New Zealand
The prospect of having more fun on the job and better work-life balance - despite the drop in pay - has been enough to motivate several men with well-paid professional careers to throw caution to the wind and go teaching.

More men enroll in university teacher course

by Alexandra Barham
MORE men enrolled on teacher training courses this year at the University of Hertfordshire, bucking the national trend.

A report by the university showed men accounted for 18 per cent of the new teaching students compared to five per cent of last year's intake.

Blokes can do it as well

Early Childhood Australia
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.

Perspective about male teachers from Guyana

by Leon Jameson Suseran
Where have all the sirs gone? The depletion of male teachers in the education system is now a worldwide phenomenon. A news report on NBC Nightly News last Monday showed some shocking statistics. In the 1980's, 81% teachers in the public education system in America were males; today just 24.9% of the nation's 3 million teachers are men. The number of male teachers in the USA now stands at a 40- year all- time low.

Males in Early Childhood Network Group - Australia

by Craig d’Arcy

Blokes can do it as well

(Please note some of the guys were near the end of "Mo-vember" - growing moustaches to raise funds for male prostrate cancer research - can't wait to see what they come up with for "Man-uary"!)

A National Network for Men in Early Childhood Education (New Zealand)

Saturday 9th--Sunday 10th  February 2008

Whitirea Community Polytechnic

Porirua, Wellington

New Zealand

Register at their website.

Ontario Television panel discussion talking about men teachers

Watch the video panel discussion about men teaching and read the follow-up controversial comments at: Onatrio Televsion.

October 22, 2007

Men in New Zealand

Read a New Zealand government publication with articles focused on men in early childhood education.

Go to Education Gazette
November 19, 2007

Male Teachers in Primary - An online video from the United Kingdom - United Kingdom
This is a link to an video about Male Teachers - Careers in Primary Education. It was produced in the United Kingdom to promote male teachers. It's about 15 minutes long and an interesting video.

Language nests in Hawaii have high male involvement

by Don Piburn - Hawaii, USA
The Aha Punanaleo Hawaiian language-nest early childhood programs are modeled after he Kohanga Reo Maori "language-nest" programs in New Zealand also have similar numbers of male staff in their early childhood programs and offer another exemplary model of male involvement in early childhood education (ECE).

Why do we need more men in early childhood education?

New Zealand
In March this year, a Men in Early Child Care and Teaching summit brought together advocates for increasing the number of men in early childhood sector. Researcher Sarah Farquhar, of Childforum Research outlined to the conference some of the arguments as to why we need more men in the workforce teaching and caring for children in these formative years.

First, she argues, society has moved on and men are now more actively engaged in caring for their children with an increasing number taking over as the main caregiver as their partners choose to work fulltime.

Manitoba, Canada men get together

by Ron Blatz, Executive Director - Discovery Children's Centre
The fall issue of the Child Care journal in Manitoba, Canada focused on Gender and featured the local men's organization coordinated by Ron Blatz.

More women teaching young children throughout the world

According to statistics published by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) the feminization of the early years in education appears to be a worldwide trend. Based on 2003 statistics published in Education at a Glance: OECD Indicators 2005 (Paris: OECD, 2005; ISBN 9264011919;, the percentage of female teachers in different grade levels in 25 OECD member countries (the more industrialized countries of the world) is as follows:

Pre-Primary = 96%
Primary = 80%

Male Presence in Teaching Continues to Decline

by Brian Jamieson - Canada
Vince Anania is one of a kind.


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
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:
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