We read numerous articles about gender bias. Our focus at MenTeach.org is primarily about challenging stereotypes and bias that men face in education. And we know this is important work.
We also think it’s important to challenge any and all gender stereotypes and bias. If we allow stereotypes about women – our co-workers/teachers – then we are perpetuating the entire system of sexism. And ironically, it will hurt us.
For example, there was a study from Harvard, Clemnson and University of Virginia that found that there is bias against female science teachers:
Gender bias found in student ratings of high school science teachers
A study of 18,000 biology, chemistry and physics students has uncovered notable gender bias in student ratings of high school science teachers.
Researchers at Clemson University, the University of Virginia and Harvard University have found that, on average, female high school science teachers received lower evaluations than their male counterparts even though male and female teachers are equally effective at preparing their students for college.
The study goes on to say:
The authors also found evidence that male and female teachers are equally effective at preparing their students for college. Students in the survey performed equally well in college science whether they had a female or a male high school science teacher. Also, the rate at which female teachers produce students bound for college-level science study appeared to be identical to the rate of their male counterparts.
We believe that if we challenge student’s bias against women then we will benefit as men so that we can also work. Just having a man in a classroom just because he is a man isn’t going to serve children well. We want both qualified men and women – but – let’s challenge the stereotypes about what men and women can do in the world.
Our work isn’t about men versus women. It’s really about what’s best for children, families and our society.