A message from a black male teacher: Don’t make educators like me the default disciplinarians

My first day in the classroom is one I’ll never forget. I was given a room of curious sophomore students — 43 of them. I could feel the lump in my throat and every drop of sweat on my body. I was used to public speaking, and I felt good about what I would be […]

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Former basketball standout is different role model now, first black man to win state’s early education honor

For two years as a teaching assistant in a Pre-K classroom, Johnathon Hines learned about rituals and routines and how to keep a 4-year-old student’s attention long enough to impart a lesson. The job was supposed to be a way into the school system while Hines waited for a physical education position to come available. […]

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John Engel: Babysitter training: Where are the boys?

I recently attended a babysitter training class. The day-long course, offered by the American Red Cross – on a Saturday – met in an unassuming building located in an industrial park. Truthfully, my daughter Zoe, soon to be 12, attended the class. I sat in the lobby, at the unoccupied reception desk, working on my […]

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Bowie State program looks to draw more black men to education careers

If you look inside many of America’s classrooms, you’ll notice someone is missing: black male teachers. According to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Education, only 2 percent of the country’s teaching workforce are black males. The phenomenon has not been lost on educators like Bowie State University professor Dr. Julius Davis. He […]

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MenTeach E-News – August 2019

MenTeach E-News August 2019 1) Men in primary schools put up with unfair comments about their health, appearance and career progress, says this teacher. 2) Inequality in day-care centres: Male educators are more likely to work temporary 3) Letter: Invitation to Participate in a Study 4) Men’s Stories: Peter Tabichi – The 2019 Global Teacher […]

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Encouraging More Men to Teach Elementary Education

Stephen McKinney comes from a long line of educators and advocates in North Carolina. His mother and grandmother were elementary and middle school teachers, and his sister began her first year in the classroom last fall. His father was a prominent figure in the fight for LGBTQ equality in the state and still advocates for […]

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