[MenTeach: An editorial from Rosemary Ruffenach – blog included a line from a Langston Hughes poem. Here is the full poem.] Hold fast to dreams For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird That cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams For when dreams go Life is a barren field Frozen with snow.

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Man about the class

As the debate continues regarding the reasons fewer men are entering teaching, a larger question looms: Does it matter? Roger Collier found that while the education experts aren’t so certain, some parents have no doubt that it does. Brown’s troubles are drawing giggles from the 18 students in St. Rita Elementary School’s Grade 2 class. […]

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Teacher of the Year – Fourth Grade Snots

As kids we used to jump rope on the school playground chanting, “First grade babies/ Second grade tots/ Third grade angels/ Fourth grade snots.” I couldn’t wait to become one of those snots. It sounded so, well, teenagie. I was thinking a lot about fourth grade after this week’s all-district school staff meeting. Usually they […]

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Why don’t more men teach in grade school?

Just 9 percent of all elementary school teachers are men Josh Fauser is a whiz at getting a double-knotted shoelace untied. And by lowering his voice an octave, he easily commands the attention of even the most rambunctious crowd. The skills make him popular at Hillcrest Elementary School in Antioch. But despite his status, Fauser, […]

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Changing laws: Including gender in the definition Diversity

Like many states, Massachusetts is attempting to develop a comprehensive early education and care system. One of the first steps towards that was bringing most of the providers into one department – known in this state as the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC). EEC is currently sponsoring a public-private Workforce Development Task Force, […]

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Only handful of men teach elementary kids

As 51-year-old Mark Sanders stands towering over a group of West Lowndes Elementary School fourth graders talking about decimals or long division, he commands attention. The group is silent and poised to answer any questions he might ask. It’s just another day in the classroom for Sanders, who – in his five years of teaching […]

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